Transporting perishable goods often require reefer shipping, which we discussed in a previous post. Regardless, transporting perishable goods in warm weather requires more diligent packaging on your end. With summer in full swing, we’ll go over some tips on how to properly pack your temperature-sensitive goods when temperatures are through the roof.
Arrange for a shipping time later in the day, preferably late afternoon or early evening. This way, the starting temperature is lower once the freight is in transit. You should also arrange for a shipping date earlier in the week to reduce the likelihood of the freight sitting idle in a warehouse over the weekend. This is especially the case with LTL shipping.
If you require the use of ice to keep the freight cool, then don’t be shy about using a lot of it. We recommend dry ice. Some people use gel packs, though they don’t stay cool as long. If you choose to stick with gel packs, then we suggest sprinkling them in dry ice pellets. Whatever type of cooling item you use, keep the packaging tight to minimize air space.
Some perishables like boxed chocolates don’t require refrigeration but does need to stay below a certain temperature point. In this case, use custom shipping boxes lined with plastic foam insulation and cold gel packs. We recommend slotted boxes for better air circulation. This will keep the items cool for about 72 hours. You may need to arrange for a dedicated truck transport that can make the delivery within that timeframe.
Machine Transport can make transportation arrangements for your freight no matter the time of year. We work with various carriers and line haul shippers that specialize in shipping and moving machine tools.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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