Refrigerated Parcel Shipping Done Right

Lora Arbuzova
2 months ago5 min read

Due to the shipment sensitivity, you will need a specialised delivery service. Are you unsure how to book such a service? Read our article to find out more!

All about refrigerated parcel shipping and how it’s done

Finding the right service to ship your refrigerated goods internationally can be quite a challenge. The shipment sensitivity allows only specialised refrigerated courier delivery services to ensure the products keep their quality intact. At Eurosender, we can discuss a variety of options, from van deliveries to truck deliveries! Talk to our experts to find out which is the best option for your shipments.

What items require refrigerated parcel shipping?

First and foremost, let’s determine if your goods are on the list of temperature-sensitive products at all. It comprises:

  • pharmaceuticals (vaccines, APIs)
  • healthcare products (supplements, vitamins)
  • biologicals (retroviruses, stem cells)
  • lab samples (tissues, bodily fluids)
  • temperature-sensitive reagents (chemicals)
  • cosmetics (makeup, lotions)
  • perishable foods & ingredients (dairy, meat, frozen products, hops, seafood etc.)
  • wine, liquor and other kinds of alcohol
  • plants & flowers
  • some technology products
  • any other items whose quality degrades in unsuitable climate conditions

What do you need to consider before booking refrigerated parcel shipping?

  • Transportation Capacity – As most of the parcels, temperature-sensitive goods can be shipped by road (LTL, FTL, PTL), rail, sea or air. However, note that temperature-controlled transport usually has less capacity, as insulation in the container walls takes extra space, and temperature control equipment adds to the overall weight. So, keep in mind that the payload for your shipment may be restricted.
  • Required temperature conditions – It’s imperative to be well-informed yourself and let the carrier know about the temperature guidelines for your goods in advance if you want them to be delivered unaffected. Give the courier company all specific details like acceptable temperature range, whether it’s plus or minus, Fahrenheit or Celsius.
  • Estimated delivery time – Quick delivery time is crucial for refrigerated parcel shipping, especially considering life-critical medications and biologics when stakes are simply too high. Avoid sending such parcels on holidays as well as weekends and opt for shipping early in the week. You can learn more about preventing failed and delayed deliveries on our blog.
  • Proper packaging & handling – To protect delicate products from extreme temperatures or humidity, make sure to provide the best possible packaging fit when it comes to refrigerated parcel shipping. In most cases, you’ll need insulation (expanded polystyrene foam, rigid polyurethane foam or reflective films) as well as coolants (gel packs or dry ice). You should also pad the refrigerants with packing peanuts and bubble wrap.
    • Insulated foam containers are the right choice for flowers, food and frozen goods that should stay that way. Moreover, it is advisable to place absorbing materials such as pads, cellulose wadding or paper towels in the bottom of corrugated boxes containing frozen items or wet ice. While packing wares that need less cooling, insulated foam planks or thermal bubble wrap may suffice.
    • Packaging medical and chemical supplies is an entirely different ball game. You’ll have to acquire airtight, opaque, thermostat-controlled refrigerated containers and absorbents to eliminate the risk of leakage. Also, be sure to provide all the necessary documentation.
  • Temperature controlled transportation legislation – Last, but not least. Most of the goods that need temperature-controlled transportation classify as prohibited items and are subject to strict rules and regulations all over the world. Please be aware that consequences may be drastic if we’re talking about dangerous biological substances or hazardous materials.

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Final tips on refrigerated parcel shipping

Temperature controlled logistics entails a considerable number of complexities and precautions, so it’s essential to be positive about your courier’s competence and expertise. The shipping company of your choice should boast long-term experience in temperature-controlled transportation and state-of-the-art equipment like temperature-controlled warehousing, appropriate shipping containers, cold chain transport, temperature monitoring systems etc. for keeping temperature-sensitive items intact.

Should you require some advice on this issue, or some questions still run through your head, our logistics experts will be more than happy to help you with that. Contact us now directly!


Last modified:July 15, 2021
Lora Arbuzova
Hi! My name is Lora and I'm from Ukraine. I am a passionate content writer at Eurosender who strives to prove there's no such thing as a "dull topic". The power of words, imagination and motivation can turn any content into an engaging read, as if by magic! I somehow didn't receive a letter from Hogwarts but to me creating articles is close enough.
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