Shipping temperature-controlled items is a fairly common occurrence in everyday shipping, so much so that there is a whole system dedicated to it called the cold chain supply system. But, even though these packages are common, businesses need to make sure they follow the right steps when dealing with temperature-sensitive goods.
Whether you’re shipping meat, produce, or medical supplies it is important to choose the right carrier, packaging, coolants, and other aspects. Keep in mind to make sure your product makes it to its destination in top shape.
Here, we highlight some things you should consider when shipping temperature-controlled packages.
Choose the Right Carrier for Your Temperature-Controlled Package
First and foremost, it is important to choose a carrier with experience handling temperature-sensitive products. If the carrier is not equipped with the right tools to handle your shipment then it won’t matter how well you package the item. Some carriers have special cold chain solutions, while others give you detailed instructions on how to package your item.
Understand the Regulations of Shipping Temperature-Controlled Packages
If you’re shipping food items you must understand the regulations behind them under the FDA guidelines. On the other hand, if you’re handling medical supplies they will not only be subject to FDA but also DEA guidelines. Additionally, if dry ice is used in the package, hazardous materials regulations will also be in place.
To keep the contents inside cool, there needs to be insulation and refrigeration to keep items at the desired temperature. Items that require less coolant can use insulated foam planks or thermal bubble wrap and thermo-regulated packaging for medical supplies.
Pioneer Packaging also offers more sustainable solutions such as 100% recyclable paper insulation with our Sustainable Thermal Cooler.
Coolants are another critical component of shipping temperature-sensitive goods. Some of the most common refrigerants include dry ice and gel packs. Dry ice is optimal for when you want to keep items frozen and gel packs are best when the goods need to remain between 32 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Again, it should be noted that if dry ice is used that it should be clearly labeled under the hazardous materials guidelines. Additionally, make sure that it never makes direct contact with any food items.
Monitor Temperature-Controlled Packages During Transport
This is especially important when dealing with medical supplies because of their strict guidelines. Some goods might need to be monitored during the transportation process by placing devices that will let carriers know when packages are rising in temperature.
Prioritize Fast Shipping
Because transit time should be minimized when shipping temperature-sensitive items, companies should select shipping options with a maximum transit time of 30 hours. It is also recommended to avoid shipping during holidays to avoid potential delays or warehouse storage.
Provide Tracking Information for Any Temperature-Controlled Package
Just like carriers can monitor the package during transit, provide tracking information to customers so they can know when to expect the delivery. By sending delivery and tracking information they can plan ahead for the packages minimizing their time out of refrigeration.
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