How to Ship Cold Food Items

Ishani Chatterjee Shukla May 12, 2019
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Mulling over how to ship cold food items over a long distance? Well, read right ahead to find out!
Transporting perishable food items such as fruits, dairy, fresh meat, poultry, and the like over long distances, calls for meticulous planning.
When it comes to food items that can go bad over time and due to exposure to unfavorable temperatures, excess moisture or other environmental factors, there are certain aspects with regards to their packaging and storage on board the mode of transportation, that help in keeping these items as fresh and wholesome as possible.
Primary and most significant among these are cooling and moisture-proofing the consignment. That being said, here's all you need to know about how to ship cold food items across long distances, and make sure they reach their destinations in the same condition as you sent them across in.

Best Way to Ship Cold Food

Pondering upon shipping cold food overnight? Well, shipping cold or frozen food items over long distances that involve a transit time of more than 12 hours is not such an issue, if you pack and store the perishable consignment carefully, adhering to the various standard measures for storing and packaging edible items for this purpose.
Here are some useful points that you can lean upon to make sure that those frozen edibles make it to their intended destination, in a condition that is closest to what you dispatched them in.
● If it's cooked stuff, soft or liquid food that you intend to ship, make sure that you freeze it overnight just before handing it over for shipping. This is especially important for fresh food that does not contain any artificial preservatives added to them.
If the food item is liquid or semi solid (soups, dairy, sauces, etc.) consider packing it in sturdy packages such as tins or cans.
Cardboard or tetra pack cans can get perforated or crushed on-board if other cargo gets stacked on top of it, and this can cause all that you packed to run out or get all squashed up, creating a royal mess even before the vessel gets to set sail!
● As an extra precaution against such mishaps during transit, you should further wrap the basic food package in a thick layer of shredded paper or straw packing. You may also use bubble wrap for this purpose. The extra padding helps keep the main package safe from any sort of damage, and keeps it from caving in under pressure.
● If you're sending across more than one such container, pack and pad each container separately before packing them all together in one big packing box.
● In order to make sure that there is no unwanted moisture over the inner packing, wipe the cans/tins with a dry cloth properly, and wrap plastic or any other moisture proof material around each individual can before providing the padding layer.
● Sneak in cold packs of dry ice before putting on the layer of padding material. A great idea is to wrap the containers in a moisture proof material (plastic, for instance), top it with a generous layer of dry ice, followed by packing the cooling material in with a Styrofoam cooler, and finally topping it all with the padding material.
● Now that the individual containers are packed and ready, shift your focus to the composite packaging aspect.
● Layer the bottom of a large (size depends upon the dimensions and number of individual containers you intend to pack in) packing box with a thick layer of packing straw or packing peanuts, so that the base is comfortably cushioned to provide the individual containers even support.
● Place the containers inside the box, and add packing peanuts/straw layers between each of them, so that no container comes in direct contact with other containers that are adjacent to them, on top of them or below them. This reduces friction, ensures that the padding of the individual containers do not rub against each other and spill the cooling material.
● Once you put all individual containers inside the packing box, as instructed in the previous point, top them with yet another layer of packing peanuts/straw, and seal the opening of the packing box, taping it in firmly with at least 2 - 3 layers of tape with strong adhesive qualities.
Once you've packed the frozen edibles as instructed, put down the complete and correct mailing address on top of the box with a waterproof marker. Getting a tracking label from the shipping company is a good idea, as this way, both the sender as well as the recipient can keep track of the packages if the distance and time of the transit is longer than a day.
Also, before embarking on any cheap freight shipping option, make sure it is a reliable one and your merchandise will not be compromised with. Before you embark upon following any of these instructions on how to ship cold food items, make sure you inform the recipient that you are sending him/her a package containing frozen edibles.
Let him/her know the date on which you're dispatching it for shipping, as well as the date and estimated time when the same is expected to reach the recipient's location. This way, the recipient will be prepared and present to take delivery of the goods, make arrangements to unpack and appropriately store the frozen food, to keep it in its best condition.