When it comes to shipping temperature-sensitive products, it is important to make proper decisions in choosing the correct carrier, product packaging, and understanding that time is of the essence. Shipping temperature-controlled products can create a unique set of challenges; however, there is no need to lose your cool. Here are a few tips that can help you navigate this process to set you up for success.
1. Know the product you are shipping: Whether you are shipping chocolates, Strawberries, or pharmaceuticals, it is critical that you understand how the smallest temperature changes can affect your product. This knowledge will help minimize any product deterioration. In addition, this information will help to determine the best method of shipping (air, train, truck)
2. Choose the correct packaging for your product: The packaging for a load of Ice cream is much different from the packaging that may be needed for a load of yogurt. Do you have the proper insulation? Do you need to use packaging materials to reduce heat transfer? Alternatively, is something like coolants or dry ice needed? The type of material you may need will have an impact on the expense needed to ship your product.
3. Make sure to track your product in transit: In today’s environment, it is critical that you use a carrier who has the ability to electronically track your shipment. Especially if you are shipping temperature-sensitive products. Monitoring your shipment will help you react quickly with a contingency plan should a delay occur.
4. Understand the rules and regulations: Your product may be subject to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and FSMA (Food Safety Moderation Act). If you are using dry ice, you should understand how this complies with Title 49 of the Code of Regulation. (49 C.F.R). If you are shipping your product via the air, there are rules published by IATA (International Air Transport Association) that you should be aware of.
Finally, make sure to choose a transportation provider that specializes in temperature-controlled shipping. Not every carrier has this expertise. Shipping temperature-sensitive products is a more complex process that involves many variables and you want to partner with someone who has the experience to assist you in getting your product to your customer safely and economically.