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Addgene Ships Plasmids Around the World

Addgene is dedicated to scientific collaboration worldwide. Since 2004, we have shipped thousands of orders to over 80 countries and our international community is always growing. Click here to see where Addgene has sent and received plasmids from so far!

How To Place an Order

Most international scientists can place orders directly through our website. We ship all over the world from our facility in the United States.

Learn more about How to Place an Order (in English). We also have ordering instructions available in the following languages for PDF download:

Language Ordering Instructions
Español (Spanish) Icon Ordering and MTA instructions - Spanish (351.0 KB)
Italiano (Italian) Icon Ordering and MTA instructions - Italian (315.2 KB)
Português (Portuguese) Icon Ordering and MTA instructions - Portuguese (366.8 KB)
日本語 (Japanese) Icon Ordering and MTA instructions - Japanese (613.8 KB)
한국어 (Korean) Icon Ordering and MTA instructions - Korean (747.0 KB)

Please note: requesting scientists are responsible for making arrangements for prompt payment of any applicable duties and taxes assessed by their country’s customs agent. Your courier will contact you directly regarding any additional charges once your order is in transit.

Special Distribution Information Applies to the Following Countries

Addgene's distributor relationships and special distribution instructions are noted below for your convenience.

Country Distribution Information and Special Instructions
Australia Australia_flag.jpg Australia - Click for Details

Before Addgene can process and ship your requested plasmids, we require a valid AQIS import permit to include with your shipment. Addgene will email you a request for this permit, and you can send it to [email protected] with a mention of your order number. We will require a copy of the permit for each new order.

Please note that while Addgene assists importation by including thorough shipping documents and following import procedure, it is the responsibility of the importer to pay for any additional customs fees or taxes. Be aware that additional fees may be required by customs before your order will be delivered. UPS will contact you directly regarding these fees if applicable.

Depending on your location, kits may be shipped on dry ice via FedEx or at room temperature via UPS.

Brazil Brazil_flag.jpg Brazil - Click for Details

For shipping purposes, Addgene requires your institution's CNPJ number. We will contact you to request this number and your order will show as "on hold" until we receive it.

Addgene does not request an import permit from you, but importation documents are often needed for shipments to Brazil. Please contact your local customs office to see what documents are necessary for customs so that you have time to prepare them before your order ships.

China China_flag.jpg China - Click for Details (Distributor Available)

To better provide plasmids to scientists in China, Addgene offers specialized distribution services through a partnership with a Chinese distributor, Beijing Zhongyuan.

Scientists in China may continue to use addgene.org to browse Addgene's plasmids collection, but all orders should be placed by phone or email through Beijing Zhongyuan. Please click here for detailed ordering information.

Italy Italy_flag.jpg Italy - Click for Details

In compliance with Italian Law 136/2010, a document with Addgene's banking information, etc. is available upon request from [email protected].

Japan Japan_Flag.jpg Japan - Click for Details (Distributor Available)

To better provide plasmids to scientists in Japan, Addgene has partnered with a Japanese distributor, Summit Pharmaceuticals. Scientists in Japan may continue to place orders directly through Addgene or order via Summit Pharmaceuticals.

日本の研究者の方々にプラスミドをより広くご提供できるよう、Addgeneは対日代理店、住商ファーマインターナショナル(株)との提携を開始致しました。日本の研究者様は従来通りaddgene.orgにてAddgeneのプラスミドを直接ご注文頂くこともできますが、住商ファーマインターナショナル経由でご注文頂くことも可能です。詳しくは、こちらをご覧下さい。 からオーダー:Addgene - または - 住商ファーマ

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan_flag.png Kazakhstan - Click for Details

Addgene has a special process to help your order clear customs. We will email you with details after your order is placed, and would be happy to answer any questions by email ([email protected]).

Korea Korea flag.png Korea - Click for Details (Distributor Available)

To better provide plasmids to scientists in Korea, Addgene has partnered with a Korean distributor, Leehyo Bioscience. Scientists in Korea may continue to place orders directly through Addgene or order via Leehyo Biocience.

Mexico Mexico_flag.jpg Mexico - Click for Details

Addgene has a special process to help your order clear Mexican customs. We will email you with details after your order is placed, and would be happy to answer any questions by email ([email protected]).

New Zealand NewZealand_flag.jpg New Zealand - Click for Details

Before Addgene can process and ship your requested plasmids, we require a valid Biosecurity import permit to include with your shipment. Addgene will email you a request for this permit, and you can send it to [email protected] with a mention of your order number. We will require a copy of the permit for each new order.

Please note that while Addgene assists importation by including thorough shipping documents and following import procedure, it is the responsibility of the importer to pay for any additional customs fees or taxes. Be aware that additional fees may be required by customs before your order will be delivered. UPS will contact you directly regarding these fees if applicable.

Due to customs regulations, kits will be shipped at room temperature rather than on dry ice to New Zealand. Instructions will be included with your kit explaining the best way to process the samples. Please note that you must process the plates as quickly as possible once you receive them.

Russia Russia_flag.jpg Russia - Click for Details

Addgene has a special process to help your order clear Russain customs. We will email you with details after your order is placed, and would be happy to answer any questions by email ([email protected]).

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Order directly through our website using these instructions (in English). Click here to download ordering instructions in other languages.

Please note: Unfortunately, at this time Addgene is unable to ship to the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria

Map of Countries that have Requested Plasmids from Addgene

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Map of Countries that have Deposited Plasmids to Addgene

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