Shipping Containers

JAX state-of-the-art shipping containers minimize both shipping stress and exposure to infectious agents. They are reusable and ideal for transporting mice within your facilities.

Shipping Container Animal Health Statement

The JAX shipping container has proven effective in protecting the health and comfort of JAX® Mice during shipping within the United States and overseas. Extensive beta testing during the warmest months of the summer showed that:
  • Bedding within the new container remained acceptably dry, and the container did not leak.
  • Food and water levels were more than adequate to maintain 20 mice for 7-10 days in transit.
  • Mice shipped by commercial air carriers were free of pathogens when tested 1 month after receipt at their U.S. or European destination.

Receiving, Unpacking & Recycling

Receiving Instructions

Immediately upon delivery of the container, carefully inspect for any visible damage. Note the time of delivery and any damage on the delivery manifest given to you by the driver. Contact JAX Customer Service to report any damage.

Unpacking Instructions

Decontaminate exterior of shipping container 

  • Consult your Animal Health Department or veterinarian for locations and methods specific to your facility. The container should be decontaminated after it has been exposed to any potential source of contamination. Assume that the container has been exposed to contaminants during transport. As the shipping container moves through your facility prior to unpacking, it may again be exposed to contaminants that you do not want in your animal facility. 
  • Upon receipt of the shipping box, utilize a high-level decontamination agent such as SporKlenz, Clidox, or Virkon S as approved by your Animal Health and Safety departments. 
  • Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the type of disinfectant or sporicide used. It is imperative to consult the product manufacturer and your Safety Department to ensure that proper PPE is used. 
  • Spray or wipe all exterior surfaces of the container except the screen with disinfectant or sporicide. The screen should only be gently wiped to avoid contact of the disinfectant with the mice. 
Unpacking within a hood 
  • Disinfect the hood prior to introducing the shipping container and between shipping containers. In some cases, you may also want to decontaminate the shipping container prior to introduction to the hood. 
  • Use strict aseptic technique when handling of the cages, components, shipping containers and animals (i.e. disinfect forceps, wear gloves/mask, etc.). 
  • Break the lid perimeter security seal at the perforations. 
  • Insert thumb into the finger well located in the front center and pull firmly to open. 
  • Do not attempt to remove entire top of the container. Open the hinged lid only. 

Unpacking without a hood

  • Decontaminate all surfaces where the animal cage and shipping container will be located. 
  • Use strict aseptic technique in handling of the cages, components, shipping containers and animals (i.e. disinfect forceps, wear gloves/mask, etc.). 
  • Break the lid perimeter security seal at the perforations. 
  • Insert thumb into the finger well located in the front center and pull firmly to open. 
  • Do not attempt to remove entire top of the container. Open the hinged lid only. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Shipping containers should NOT be returned to The Jackson Laboratory.

Recycling information

  • Remove the top of the box by firmly grasping the box. By running your fingers under the overhanging lip of the top of the box, you will find eight half-circle notches, two on each side of the box. These are the retainers. Pull the cover out until the retainer clears the lip of the base (it's easiest to start with a long side). Maintain the pressure used to clear the lip or the box will snap shut again. Continue the process with each retainer around the top of the box until you can separate the top from the box. 
  • Remove the address labels and as many of the other labels as possible. 
  • Wash the components in your cage wash facility and let dry. 
  • Stack six bases inside each other and stack the six tops on top of the top base. Secure with reinforced strapping or fiber-reinforced packing tape by going around the bundles in both directions. 

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Return information


Minimum lots of six nested and strapped containers with lids can be sent free of charge to the third-party recycling facility by using an authorized return label.

Future shipping containers will incorporate up to 25% of the JAX® Mice recycled shipping containers.