How to Send Perishable Food Through FedEx

by Rebekah Martin

You can send perishable foods from one place to another through FedEx; you simply have to take extra precautions before shipping them. If you do not, the food will spoil before arriving at its destination. Shipped food may face high temperatures or humidity while en route, and insulation and refrigeration will keep those perishable foods fresh until they arrive.

Keeping Perishables Refrigerated

Freeze gel packs according to the package guidelines.

Cool the insulated container that you are using by placing it in the freezer or refrigerator.

Place a liner bag inside the insulated container.

Place the food in the liner bag along with the coolants. Put the coolants on the bottom, in the middle with the food and on top of the food.

Place packing peanuts in the liner bag to fill in the spaces.

Close the liner bag securely.

Put the lid on the container, and place the container inside a corrugated cardboard box.

Close the box securely with pressure-sensitive tape. Tape all the box flaps and seams.

Ship the perishable food by FedEx First Overnight, Priority Overnight, 1Day Freight or Standard Overnight. Use 1Day Freight if the package is more than 150 pounds.

Keeping Perishables Frozen

Freeze the perishable foods before packing them.

Cool the insulated container.

Line the container with a watertight plastic bag if the food contains a liquid that can melt.

Place frozen food products in the container, leaving room for dry ice.

Put the dry ice in the container, around and on top of the food.

Fill the spaces with packing peanuts.

Close the liner bag, but don't seal it. The carbon dioxide from the dry ice needs a place to escape.

Put the lid on the container, and place it in a corrugated cardboard box.

Close and tape the box, using-pressure sensitive tape. Tape down all the seams and flaps.

Complete all required paperwork for shipping as well as correctly marking the box, since FedEx considers dry ice to be a dangerous material.

Ship the perishable food by FedEx First Overnight, Priority Overnight, 1Day Freight or Standard Overnight. Use 1Day Freight if the package is more than 150 pounds.

Tips

  • Package the perishables to last for 30 hours, even if you pick an overnight service. It may take a few hours longer than you expect, or the package may not be picked up on time on the other end of the shipment.
  • Do not ship your items over a weekend or holiday when they may sit in transit for longer periods.

Warning

  • Never put dry ice in an airtight container because the carbon dioxide pressure could make the container burst.

Items you will need

  • Insulated container
  • Gel packs
  • Dry ice
  • Perishable food
  • Pressure-sensitive tape
  • Packing peanuts

About the Author

Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.

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