How to Ship Refrigerated Products

Refrigerated products are susceptible to warm temperatures, and it is therefore crucial that you understand the best ways to keep your products at desirable temperatures throughout the shipping duration. Insulated Products Corp. offers you a step-by-step guide on how to ship refrigerated products.

You must first understand that thermal protection is essential for any perishable or refrigerated products. Only then can you make suitable plans to ensure maximum product quality.

We have outlined a step-by-step guide detailing the process of shipping refrigerated products.

If you use refrigerant gel packs, place these into a freezer at least 48 hours in advance.

Shipping Refrigerated Products

The GreenLiner box liner is perfect for shipping refrigerated products.

How to Ship Refrigerated Products

  1. Communicate with the shipping company.
    Make sure you allow enough time for the shipping company to arrive before packaging your products for shipment. If the shipping company is running behind schedule, then make sure you have a refrigerated environment close by for storing your products. Keep in mind that temperatures differ substantially depending on the time of year and shipping location.
  2. Inform recipient of delivery time.
    Ahead of shipment, make sure that the recipient will be available to refrigerate the products immediately on arrival. Provide accurate delivery times so they can plan to be available. If the recipient cannot be available when the products are delivered, extra protection should be provided, using foam or fiber insulators, to ensure product quality.
  3. Use the right insulated packaging supplies.
    When packaging your products, take all the necessary components into consideration: insulated boxes, pallets, fillers, foils, bubble wraps, liners and gel packs. The required combination of materials will depend on the refrigerated products you are shipping, and the quantity involved. Transit time is another important consideration that should be made when selecting the type of insulation most suitable for your shipments.
  4. Line your container with insulation material.
    For the best quality results, secure your products gently into a thermally protected box or pallet. Make sure the insulated box or pallet is lined with a form of thermal protection: foil, foam, bubble wrap, etc. A standard box or pallet without a liner is not sufficient for retaining product quality during shipment.
  5. Use ‘sweat-proof’ cold packs to minimize condensation.
    If you are concerned about condensation ‘sweating’ onto your products, IPC offers sweat-proof ice packs. These refrigerant gel packs should be strategically placed directly against your refrigerated products for optimal performance. The best results are achieved by placing the cold packs on top of the product, while placing them by the side of the product also works effectively. Positioning the gel packs underneath the product may help, but is considered the least effective method.
  6. Keeping products secure.
    Your insulated box or pallet should be able to withstand the forces of loading and unloading during transportation. Movement and friction within the box during transportation can cause damage to your product, thus risking a loss of quality. Once the refrigerant gel packs have been placed around your product, you may still have space to fill. To keep your products tight and secure during transportation, IPC offers foil insulation rolls and other products for accomplishing this task.
  7. Seal and send.
    Close and seal off the top of your insulated box or pallet. For maximum thermal protection, we recommend using our low-cost insulated pallet covers.
Refrigerated Shipping

Cold Packs should be refrigerated 48 hours ahead of shipment.

The guidance we have provided applies to all types of refrigerated products, whether that’s chocolate shipping, meat shipping, or something else.

Insulated Products Corp. offers an easy-to-use insulated pallet shipper that comes ready to pack for your convenience. It is a perfect solution for shipping bulk items that require cold chain management. To obtain optimal product quality, refrigerated gel packs are an essential component to consumer satisfaction.

The infographic below shows you all the steps you should take to effectively package your refrigerated products.

Packaging Refrigerated Products

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