If you’ve been in the Canadian transportation industry long, you know warm weather shipping of perishable goods requires diligent packaging on your end. With summer approaching, we’ll go over some tips on how to properly pack temperature-sensitive goods.
Be Careful About Shipping Time
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. Also, try to 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.
Don’t Forget the Ice
If you need ice to keep the goods cool, don’t skimp, and dry ice is better. Some people use gel packs, but these don’t stay cool as long. If you do use gel, sprinkle them in dry ice pellets. Whatever cooling type you choose, keep the packaging tight to minimize air space.
Use Multiple Shipping Materials
Some perishable goods, like boxed chocolates, don’t need refrigeration, but do need to remain below a certain temperature. In this case, use custom shipping boxes lined with plastic foam insulation and cold gel packs. Slotted boxes work best; they provide air circulation. This method will keep the freight cool for about 72 hours. It might be wise to arrange for a dedicated truck transport that can make the delivery within that timeframe.
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