- Samples should have non-contemporaneous materials such as rootlets and shells removed by tweezers before drying and packaging. Samples should be dried in a dust-free environment, and packed into clearly labeled heavy grade polythene bags. Please do not place paper labels in sample bags.
- All packages should be labeled: 'Scientific samples only - no commercial value' and accompanied by sample submission forms. Please write the MPI permit number on the outside of the package.
Any samples incorrectly labeled, or samples that are not accompanied by sufficient documentation may be held on entry into New Zealand, with subsequent delays before they are released. Please assist us by following these guidelines:
Our laboratory has a permit from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) that permits the importation of samples for radiocarbon dating from overseas.
Materials such as ivory, clamshells, or coral are covered by the CITES agreement (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Under this agreement, there is strict control governing the importation of these materials (for more information visit the CITES web page). Because of the difficulty of distinguishing live from fossil corals, all coral samples (and other samples listed under the CITES agreement) must be correctly declared when entering customs.
If you wish to send us coral collected live please contact us and we will supply you with the appropriate CITES exemption code. Please note: you are responsible for arranging the necessary permit to export the sample from the country of origin.
PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to return spare material.
We recommend that samples are sent by courier or registered post. Please contact us before sending so we can track the progress of your samples. Address the package to:
Attn: Assoc. Prof. Fiona Petchey
Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
University of Waikato Mail Centre
21 Ruakura Road,
It is our policy to notify all customers (by email) upon the receipt of their samples.