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Instructions for Foreign Calibrations Customers
Foreign customers should address all inquiries to:
NOTE: Please clearly indicate your city and country on all correspondence so that we may promptly respond to your request.
Criteria for Providing Service
Under certain circumstances, NIST is authorized to provide measurement services, including calibration services, for organizations or individuals located outside the United States. However, the NIST Calibration Program must review each request for calibration services to determine if services are available to the requestor's organization in the requestor's country. Foreign customers must provide the following information, in writing, to the Calibration Program (see address above):
If the request for calibration service is accepted by NIST, the requesting organization will be notified of the cost of service and will be given the contact information for the NIST technical unit that will perform the measurements. The requesting organization must then complete the following steps:
Money Orders & Prepayment Checks
All foreign checks must be drawn on a United States Bank and made payable in US Dollars. All foreign checks must be mailed to the Receivables officer for deposit. In addition, please reference the NIST invoice/receivable number on the check stub. Checks made payable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) should be mailed to:
Bank Wire Transfers
Treas NYC (Account is with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
In Payment Details field, CL329930001
We cannot accept wire payment made through the Swift system only FEDWIRE, Therefore, we do not have a Swift code.
Reference "Calibrations" so it will enable us to identify your payment. In addition, please be sure to pay any fees assessed for your bank wire transfers; otherwise, they will deduct it from your prepayment wire.
PLEASE NOTE: Our account number and name are of critical importance and must be referenced in order for NIST to be properly credited with your payment. The NIST account number must appear in the precise manner shown to allow for the automated processing and classification of the funds transfer message. In addition, please refer to the NIST invoice number, your purchase order number, your country, and any other pertinent information that would help us identify your payment.
The transfer of funds can only be accomplished by your company going through a U.S. Correspondent Bank or by having your country's central bank send a swift telecommunication system message to the Federal Reserve Bank. Be sure to cover any processing fees your bank may charge you. Questions on bank wiring can be directed to the NIST Accounts Receivable Office at 301-975-3880, by email: email@example.com , or by fax 301-975-8943.
Prepayment by credit card
Please contact NIST Accounts Receivable Office at 301-975-3880, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or by fax 301-975-8943.
Before shipping the instrument or standard to the appropriate NIST technical unit, you must arrange with a customs broker for entry of the instrument into the U.S. with transportation to and from the port of entry to NIST prepaid. Air freight is most satisfactory. Entry bond is required for instruments not manufactured in the U.S. If arrangements are made with a broker in the country of origin, that broker should, in turn, have a U.S. customs broker in or near the port of entry to arrange for the entry of the instrument and its transportation to NIST. Direct arrangements can be made with customs brokers located in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland, metropolitan area or in the Denver, Colorado, area, as appropriate. These brokers must arrange for transportation to the port of exit after testing/calibration is completed.
The calibration costs quoted do not included shipping, insurance, or the services of a customs broker. You must arrange and pay for these services separately. For your information, NIST currently uses the following customs brokers:
You are not required to use these customs brokers but may select a broker of your choice.
Program questions: Calibrations