When it comes to shipping things, there are a lot of options available, from how you pack an item to who you ship it through. Some items are simple to ship, such as a letter or even a small object. But other items are much more complicated to ship and require specific handling. Frozen foods fit in this harder-to-ship category. While frozen goods take more planning to ship, they are not impossible to ship. In this blog post, we will share some of the best practices for shipping frozen food.
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Shipping Options for Frozen Food
When it comes to shipping frozen food, you have two main options:
- Mail through USPS, and package and ship the items yourself, or
- Use a courier service.
Shipping Frozen Food via USPS
USPS does not offer a refrigerated or temperature-controlled delivery option, so it is critical that you package frozen items properly if you decide to ship via USPS. Follow the guidelines below for shipping frozen foods with USPS.
- Ensure food is frozen completely prior to shipping
- Use dry ice or gel packs to keep items cold
- Use leakproof containers
- Select the quickest delivery option available
USPS does not offer overnight delivery; their Express service provides next or 2-day delivery, depending on the package’s route. For this reason, it is critical that you package your item so that it can stay frozen longer than you might anticipate.
Shipping Frozen Food via a Courier
Many couriers offer special shipping options for frozen foods, making them a better option than USPS. Couriers also offer faster and more reliable delivery, so you don’t have to worry about your package getting stopped (and spoiled) in transit. FedEx, UPS, and local courier companies like Modern Express offer specific mailing options for refrigerated and frozen deliveries.
Using a local courier to deliver your frozen goods is ideal if your items aren’t going very far. Couriers are equipped to deliver frozen goods promptly while maintaining specific temperatures to ensure your goods don’t perish. Learn about refrigerated delivery.
Ship Frozen Food via Modern Express
If you’re in Northern California and looking for a local courier that you can trust to deliver your frozen goods, contact Modern Express today. A customer service representative will answer you anytime you call, no matter the hour.