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What do we transport?

From the smallest samples to the largest items, ULISSE transports your parcels across the world. The CNRS’s multidisciplinary aspect leads us to transport an extremely wide range of equipment types. Constraints such as temperature, fragility and time are part of our daily routine.


Scientific equipment

From importing instruments purchased abroad to shipping your samples, and even the equipment you bring on your missions: Ulisse lets you transport anything you wish, with no limitation on weight, size, fragility or value.

Our wide array of air, sea and land transportation contractors, completed by a packaging service allows us to answer your needs and assist you all the way through your experiments.



Dangerous goods (chemicals, radioactive materials, gases…)

All our agents are trained in analysis and transportation of dangerous goods (IATA, ADR, IMDG).
We ensure that dangerous goods are packed and labeled in compliance with regulations.

We help you identify the potential dangerous elements of your parcel. Indeed, some items may seem simple and perfectly safe to you, whereas their transportation requires proper classification and specific measures.
The most common case (but not the only one!): lithium batteries from laptops, inverters, GPS, cameras…
These are being more and more strictly regulated because they show a real fire hazard on account of them being extremely unstable.

Moreover, Ulisse has a department dedicated to advice on Dangerous Goods Safety.


Biological samples

We frequently transport biological materials: DNA, RNA, viruses, stool samples, blood, etc. These may be infectious, as well as require transportation under room temperature or controlled temperature (dry ice, eutectic mixtures…).
We advise you and enforce regulation according to the sample’s type, provenance and potential danger.
Ulisse is aware that your biological samples are often very valuable, even if they have no commercial value. Some cannot be replicated and every precaution must be taken during transportation to guarantee their integrity.
Indeed, several types of samples need to be kept under controlled temperature and may rapidly be altered if conditions are not met. For transportation under sub-zero temperatures, Ulisse relies on contractors who also provide adequate cases.

We remind you that dry ice is classified as dangerous goods and requires precise labeling. Samples containing pathogens must also be classified and imply strict rules.

Learn more: TDG toolbox
Learn more: CNRS biological goods specialisation training


Dual-use items

“Dual-use items include goods, equipment – including technology, software, and intangible knowledge – which can be used for both civil and military uses or which may – in whole or in part – contribute to the development, production […] of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction.” (see SBDU website)

Some CNRS technologies and equipment may be considered dual-use items. A few examples: certain drones, GPS beacons, lasers, pathogens, as well as telecommunication technologies.

Ulisse assists CNRS units in the procedures for potential dual-use item identification, export permit application and customs formalities.
For more information: Dual-use items department website (Ministry of Economy)



Particular case of ethanol

Ethanol, which is very frequently used for scientific purposes, is regulated for transportation (dangerous goods) as well as customs and tax. Ethanol senders and recipients must follow certain procedures with the appropriate customs.

Learn more: dedicated page on


Animals and plants

ULISSE handles the transportation of your live animals (enclosure and food provided by you) and plants.

Potential “CITES” classification (endangered species) should be checked. For non-EU transportations, you may need authorizations from DDPP (regional directorate of population protection) or SIVEP (department of veterinary and phytosanitary border control). Depending on the nature of the shipping, we will guide you so you can follow the required procedures from the sending laboratory.

If you have a question, please contact us.

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