Almost everybody loves summer. However, shipping during the hot summer months presents some unique challenges for businesses whose main bread and butter is selling frozen goods because the heat could very easily spoil a truckload of frozen items they fail to plan properly. Follow these simple steps to make sure your frozen goods will remain frozen while in transit:
- Frozen goods must remain as frozen as possible prior to packing them. Precool their insulated containers whenever possible as well.
- If your shipment contains perishables or liquids that could thaw or melt, bag them or line their containers utilizing watertight plastic bags.
- Ensure that there’s ample space for coolants when you arrange the goods in their containers since you should place coolants around and on top of the frozen goods.
- Make sure to fill spaces with appropriate dunnage materials like loose fill peanuts and similar items.
- If you used a liner bag, close it but don’t seal it entirely if you used dry ice as your coolant since dry ice should vent.
- Close off the insulated containers and place them in a standard corrugated box as an added safeguard.
- Close the corrugated box and tape it using plastic, pressure-sensitive tape. Make sure to tape up all the seams and flaps.
- Place sufficient absorbent material like paper towels, cellulose waddings, or pads in the container’s bottom portion for absorbing any liquids.
- Fill up all necessary paperwork, markings, and labels. Specify that the package contents require temperature control, advises an operator of refrigerated carriers. This will indicate to handlers that your goods are perishable and must be treated as such.
- Take note that your frozen goods will remain frozen for longer in lower temperatures. That said, if you could, wait until the day’s end to package and ship the frozen goods so that their starting temperature before transit is at its lowest.
The packaging you use will directly determine whether your frozen goods will arrive consumer-ready and intact or not. Keep these packaging guidelines in mind to ensure that you beat the heat and keep your customers happy.