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Contest Shipping Instructions & Label

You can ship anything to the national contest that cannot travel with you. If you are shipping items to the University of Maryland for the national contest, you must purchase an NHD shipping label for each package.

Shipping Labels
You can purchase a shipping label by clicking on the “Shipping Information” link in your Student Registration Profile.  Enter the number of shipping labels you will need.  The label will be automatically generated with the student name and address provided, as well as the ship to address. The $25 fee for each label will be added to your total registration fees. This is only a handling and storage fee. You are still responsible for arranging and paying for the shipment of your exhibit, equipment, or props to and from the national contest.

The Stamp Student Union only will accept shipments from June 9 through June 14. Packages received before June 3 will not be accepted. The University of Maryland will not accept any shipments that arrive C.O.D.  The Stamp Student Union does not receive USPS packages on Saturdays, so if you plan to use the postal service be sure that your package will arrive on or before Friday, June 13.   

Mailboxes, Etc. in the Stamp Student Union can help you arrange return shipment during the contest.  All Packages Must Be Out Of The Student Union No Later Than 5:00 PM Friday, June 20. Any Items That Remain Will Be Discarded!  Please be considerate – if you do not intend to ship your Exhibit entry home, please take it down and dispose of it yourself.

Size Requirements
Due to size limitations, cartons must be able to fit through a standard doorway, approximately 32 inches wide and 79 inches high. Any shipments larger than this limit (oversized cartons) will be kept at Central Receiving. If you need to retrieve your oversized item once you arrive on campus, the address of Central Receiving is: University of Maryland, Physical Distribution Center, Central Receiving, Bldg. 383, Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20742. The phone number is 301-405-5851.  Please note: Central Receiving is closed on the weekends.

It is the responsibility of the individual shipping the item to transport it to his/her judging site. Allow ample time for delivery. Delivery takes a minimum of three to five business days.


TO MINIMIZE CONFUSION ONCE YOU GET TO NATIONALS, PLEASE USE THE SHIPPING LABELS AVAILABLE DURING ONLINE REGISTRATION.  ALSO, PUT YOUR NAME(S) ON THE BOXES TO MAKE PACKAGES EASIER TO FIND. REMEMBER, HUNDREDS OF OTHER PACKAGES WILL BE THERE AS WELL AS YOURS.