How you ship your frozen goods is vital in growing your food business. One of the few things you need to remember is that quality may be affected during transportation. It’s important to make sure your goods arrive to their destination in the same way they left the warehouse, with minimal quality loss as possible.
Maintain the condition of your frozen goods by avoiding these common shipping mistakes.
This is the most common mistake when shipping perishable and frozen goods. It’s also often the cause of quality loss and product damage.
When it comes to frozen foods, it’s imperative to use multiple layers of packaging. The inner layer should be waterproofed or lined with a waterproofed sheet to prevent leakage or seepage and avoid damaging the outer packaging. You should also know the right packaging material to use for your products.
Labels help the people transporting your package know how to handle your package properly. For instance, if you’re shipping odor-absorbing goods, then they would know not to ship it with goods that produce too much odor during transportation.
Labels also help in shipping your products safely, especially when you’re using dry ice as your refrigerant. Make sure your labels indicate all the information pertinent to your package, like your information and the recipient’s details.
Wrong size for the shipping container
When there’s extra space in your box, your goods could move during transport and get damaged in the process. Measure your goods and choose the appropriate box size for it. If you’re not sure of what size of box to get, it’s always safe to ask help from your courier service provider.
Storing dry ice in an airtight container
Dry ice is a popular choice when shipping frozen goods. Unfortunately, it could be dangerous when it’s not packaged and handled correctly. A rule of thumb when it comes to shipping with dry ice is never to pack it in an airtight container. If you do this, pressure would build up and could cause your container to burst.
Underestimating shipping duration
Refrigerants eventually melt. If you don’t consider how long your package will be in transit, you might end up choosing an inappropriate refrigerant for your goods – or not packing enough of it to keep your goods frozen.
It’s always a wise idea to make sure your refrigerant could last an extra day or two, just in case there are any delays in shipping.
Never skimp on refrigerants! They help maintain the quality of your goods during shipping. When deciding how much refrigerant you need, consider the size of your shipping container, the length of time your package will be in transit, and the required temperature for your goods. Should it be kept frozen or just cold?
If you’re unsure of how much refrigerant to use for your package, it’s best to get recommendations from your supplier, logistics partner or chosen courier service.
Unsafe handling of dry ice
As mentioned earlier, dry ice is a dangerous substance albeit being an effective refrigerant for frozen goods. Never ship your package via air if you’re using dry ice nor use an airtight container. Additionally, ensure that your package is labeled properly when shipping it with dry ice. “Dry Ice” must be indicated on the box and should be prominently seen.
Shipping frozen goods doesn’t have to be complicated. When you know how to do it properly, you can avoid unnecessary costs, minimize quality loss, and ensure your products are received by your customers in great condition.
Gray Growth helps frozen food businesses succeed. We offer a full suite of services from cold storage solutions and order processing to shipping and inventory management.
Take the first step to growing your business today. Schedule an appointment with us and one of our experts will walk you through our services and help you come up with the best strategies to manage and make your business succeed. Call us at (212) 247-1800 or fill out our contact form.