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Importing a Human Body as a Biological Specimen

Task

Providing for urgent import from Israel of the body of a prominent physician and scientist bequeathed to Russian medical educational centres

Client
Israeli specialised forwarding agent
Industry
Clinical study material logistics

Background

A deceased man bequeathed his body to Russian medical centres for use in educational purposes.

While the body was expected to be received by his relatives in Russia, a customs broker declared the corpse as “Cargo 200” in accordance with the remains repatriation procedure – a mistake that made it impossible for the body to be further legally processed as demised.

Upon arrival of the body at an airport, customs authorities revealed a violation of the declaration procedure and found the documents presented to be insufficient to confirm the purpose of the importation.

Outcome

The entire body was re-categorised as a biological specimen in a way similar to separate organs and, therefore, successfully registered by the customs authorities for the benefit of the recipients.

A new legal tool was found to resolve a unique situation outside the scope of conventional customs procedures only applicable to importation of separate body parts.