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Shipping and Receiving

General Services Building - Shipping and Receiving

University Facilities handles the shipping of all parcels and large freight to and from the University. Routinely, this translates into 300 to 1,000 packages daily via the United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express (FedEx), Airborne Express (ABX), and Motor Freight.

Receiving Deliveries

Parcels shipped to Drexel University are received in the General Services Building Shipping and Receiving area and are electronically logged in, sorted, and identified as to their destination. Deliveries are scheduled by building for either morning or afternoon delivery. If a department notifies Shipping and Receiving that a delivery is critical, it will be delivered as soon as possible. All delivered items require a receipt signature.

Shipping Items

When shipping parcels, it is best to call Shipping and Receiving (215-895-2817) for pickup. If timing is critical, special arrangements can be made. Packages are normally only picked up once per day: UPS at 3:00 pm, FedEx at 5:00 pm, and ABX and Motor Freight by call or next day. Shipping and Receiving has envelopes, boxes, tape, labels, and other packing supplies available; incorrectly packaged items will be repackaged and charged to the sending department. Shipping and Receiving can also recommend the best way to ship parcels, taking into consideration both the cost and the time requirements for a specific delivery.

Payment

All shipments require a valid account number (departmental or research grant). If the recipient is paying the shipping cost, their account number is required (six digit UPS, nine digit FedEx, eight digit ABX). Returns require a Return Authorization (RA) number. Valuation should be included with outgoing shipments.

Insurance

Insurance for items valued at $100 or less is included in the freight cost. For items over $100, UPS charges $0.35/$100 and FedEx charges $0.50/$100.

Refrigerated Materials and Livestock

Refrigerated materials and livestock are logged in upon arrival and delivered to the department on the next available delivery vehicle.

Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials are surveyed upon receipt to ensure the integrity of the package. The Assistant Radiation Officer is immediately notified to conduct a thorough inspection, and if unavailable, the person that ordered the material will be contacted. After successfully surveyed, materials are logged in and delivered to the department on the next available delivery vehicle.

Radioactive materials are stored in the receiving area in accordance with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (10CFR20.1801 & 1802).