September 21, 2007, Newsletter Issue #81: Shipping Refrigerated Items

Tip of the Week

You can use a traditional parcel service to ship meat, fruit, or other items that ought to be refrigerated.

Most shippers of perishable goods recommend sending yours out on a Monday to avoid the possibility of the package sitting unattended over a weekend. Pack your items carefully in a heavyweight polystyrene cooler with ice packs (for refrigerated items) or dry ice (for frozen items).

To avoid spoilage, be sure your items are not in transit for more than three days. Be aware that while many shippers will guarantee this time, their liability in case of a late shipment will only cover the shipping costs, not the cost of goods lost to spoilage. It may be worth your peace of mind to pay extra for overnight or two-day delivery.

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