How to Ship Food

Cargolia can help you ship food, perishables, and temperature-sensitive goods

When it comes to shipping perishable foods, there are many regulations and requirements, other than customers’ expectations that the goods should arrive fresh and healthy. Cargolia can help you meet the compliance standards of your industry and ensure that you adhere to the regulations.

There are three vitally important aspects to consider when you want to ship food, perishables or temperature sensitive goods, namely:

Packaging. Choosing well-insulated packaging is highly recommended when it comes to reducing heat transfer through the package container walls. Dry ice and gel coolants are useful for most temperature-sensitive shipments.

Delivery windows. In most cases, tight delivery windows and peak times apply to perishable freight shipping. When shipping food, be sure that you understand the stability and speed requirements applicable to your goods so that you can ensure they arrive on time in order to prevent spoilage.

Trailer temperature. The trailer’s temperature is a major factor in shipping perishable and dry goods. If temperature has a major influence on the stability of your food, the cost will be affected, especially if the goods must be shipped separately to other loads.

Once you understand each of these factors, it is time to find the appropriate freight service provider. Speaking to a logistics expert who knows how to ship food can be handy.


How to Ship Food: Considerations

Dry van or reefer?

When speaking to a logistics expert at Cargolia, you will be asked various questions in order for them to customize your shipment order. One of the key aspects of your shipment, will be the type of trailer you require. A dry van trailer is most suitable for dry or canned goods. It is an affordable shipping method for non-perishable food items, and it protects it from the elements.

Refrigerated trucking (or reefer shipping) is best suited to perishables. Reefers offer customizable temperature control, which is imperative in maintaining the integrity of your freight.

Packaging your goods

The type of food you wish to ship will determine the best packaging method. Canned or boxed non-perishable foods can be packaged in crates. The crates can easily be stacked in a trailer.

However, perishable food is easily compromised, which is why you must find a suitable form of insulation and packaging. Insulated boxes or plastic containers may be suitable options. The purpose of packaging is to find a way to protect your freight from heat and to keep it at the best temperature to ensure it arrives at its destination fresh and unspoilt. Other types of packaging for perishables include:

  • Ice packs – A cheap way to keep perishables cool, ice packs are available in one-time use or reusable options.
  • Dry ice – Used in conjunction with other insulation methods, dry ice can help maintain the freshness of your goods. It’s important to note, however, that shipments containing dry ice are labeled as hazardous materials.
  • Insulated pads – Placing insulated pads in your food shipment boxes can help keep perishables fresh.
  • Insulated liners – Liners are available in air-filled or bubble-wrap texture sheets. Both options are versatile in that you can line boxes with it, or you can securely wrap your goods in them to keep the heat out and prevent damage at the same time.
  • Styrofoam sheets or boxes – Depending on your budget, you can find a styrofoam box or sheet of the desired thickness, which can help insulate your perishables.

Perishable freight does take longer to load and unload at the dock, which is why it is important to plan ahead and to allow sufficient time for the delivery.

Unfortunately, shipments can sometimes be delayed due to miscommunication and unforeseen breakdowns. When you ship food through a reputable carrier, you can rely on their utmost commitment to safe, reliable food shipping services. In the unlikely event that there’s a breakdown, you will be notified immediately.  

Fresh meat and fresh produce, dairy and fish are the most easily-spoiled foods and therefore, they require the most time-sensitive shipping solutions. When you ship food through your local shipping company, it is important to label your goods appropriately. For instance, apply a label that specifies the ideal temperature, or to include the fact that dry ice is present.

Receiving your food shipment

It is usually a good idea to demand a recipient signature on delivery. Not only does this provide peace of mind, but it also prevents the package from sitting in the hot sun all day. Cargolia’s reefer shipment experts know how to ship food and ensure it arrives safely at its destination.

Contact Cargolia today to discuss the best way for how to ship food and to request a free quote.