YES, shipping frozen foods with major US carriers is quite plausible yet complicated. There are a few things you need to know before shipping your first package. In this blog, ShipSaving will walk you through the entire process and point out the carrier requirements you need to pay attention to, and we’ll cover all three major US carriers USPS, FedEx, and UPS.
Frozen foods aren’t like any other shipments. If you’re just starting, you should probably consider the following challenges before fulfilling any orders.
Due to the fact you are shipping frozen foods, low or high temperatures will affect the content. This is a severe issue if the food isn’t properly packaged.
High humidity can seriously affect the foods you ship. It can speed up the spoilage process and foods may have gone bad before your customers receive them.
Your frozen food must be properly packaged before shipping to avoid spoilage as much as possible. You should consider what’s the best container for your goods. We recommend something with insulation.
There are a few things you need to know before shipping containers with frozen food. These general tips do apply to all carriers.
Although relatively simple and straightforward, this type of shipping does come with a few differences, depending on a courier you choose. Below, you can see three major couriers and their requirements for shipping frozen food.
These are guidelines that affect and come from USPS. Many business owners like this courier and consider them as the primary choice. The guidelines are explained below.
UPS has a bit fewer requirements than USPS but they are still something you need to know about before sending the first frozen food package.
FedEx has also lower requirements than USPS and they are commonly chosen for this purpose.
There are 3 main options you should consider in this case scenario. These are containers that are recommended for this particular purpose.
We recommend you to use containers that are slightly bigger than the package you are actually sending. This is needed in order to keep the temperature at an optimal range and slow down the melting process.
There is no fixed cost of this shipping. It depends on multiple factors. For example, you must consider the distance, the weight, size, duration, and also the type of food you are shipping. Keep in mind that you also need to include specialized containers and dry ice or gel in order to meet the requirements of US couriers. Before you do anything, it is advised to make sure you calculate the cost of shipping, the dry ice, containers, and all other requirements needed. Include them in your profit calculations.
One method you can use to save some money is using ShipSaving. This is a platform that helps you with shipping, labeling, and even warehouse management. They can assist you by boosting your shipping value by 50%. It is very easy to use and optimized for small and medium businesses.
By now you should know that shipping frozen food is possible and relatively easy. However, you still need to know how to pack them properly.
Now you are ready to ship your first frozen food package using any courier you like. Keep in mind that there are specific requirements you need to meet. But, they are relatively simple and straightforward so we don’t believe there will be any issues or complications. Take your time and you will be able to chip frozen food anywhere in the country and even father.