How can you send baked goods and brownies through the mail?
If you plan on shipping homemade baked goods or cookies internationally, you will need to pack your parcel carefully since most courier services do not offer special solutions for these items. Whether you are an online store shipping cakes to customers or you simply want to send brownies to someone as a gift, get tips on the best way to send baked goods in the mail. We have gathered below all the regulations you need to know before shipping such items.
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Things to bear in mind when shipping baked goods internationally
Sending fresh baked goods internationally, such as cookies or other homemade sweets, may be tricky if you are not yet familiar with the courier’s best practices and regulations. Here are a few things to consider when sending baked goods and brownies through the mail:
- Most postal and courier services prohibit perishable food items that may spoil in transit, which includes all homemade food items. If you choose to ship baked goods overseas, you do so at your own risk.
- Avoid shipping homemade baked goods with the Express Service, which has stricter regulations for air freight transport.
- Avoid shipping items that need to be refrigerated unless you book a service specialising in this type of transport. Be especially mindful of frostings and other products that could melt.
- Organise the collection at the beginning of the week so that the baked goods can be delivered as soon as possible without having to be stored at a courier depot over the weekend.
- Timing is everything with such delicate shipments. Therefore, the fastest shipping option is the most practical to avoid spoilage or damage during warmer weather conditions.
Good to know: food is typically classified as non-perishable if it has a shelf life of more than 6 months.
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How to package baked goods for shipping
Since most couriers consider this type of item prohibited, your shipment will not be eligible for insurance. For this reason, when sending brownies, pies, or other fresh baked goods overseas, make sure you pack them properly. Follow these instructions to pack your baked goods for shipping:
- Place your baked goods in a sealed plastic food container. Consider freezing them prior to collection.
- If you are shipping a cake, consider that it is easier to transport an undecorated/pre-iced cake. Pack decorations such as icing separately if possible. Bear in mind that certain fresh produce would require a temperature-controlled environment, so be mindful of it when organising the shipment.
- Wrap the food container with bubble wrap.
- Place the container in a cardboard box filled with cushioning materials.
- Seal the box. You can also add warning signs such as “Fragile” or “This side up” on your box, however, the courier is not obliged to treat it as such.
How to pack cookies or biscuits for shipping overseas
Many people mail cookies and biscuits to their relatives or friends internationally. To protect your goods for shipping, check these packing tips:
- Place the cookies or biscuits in a sealed plastic food container. Consider freezing them before shipping.
- Cover the container carefully with bubble wrap and seal it with tape.
- Place the container with cookies or biscuits into a cardboard box.
- Add cushioning materials such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
- Close and seal the box and secure the edges.
Regulations for shipping baked goods and food internationally
The current international shipping restrictions are different for business and individual shippers. Read below the general regulations for sending baked goods overseas by courier or mail, but bear in mind that you should additionally comply with the local legislation when shipping such products.
Shipping regulations for businesses
Licensed companies working in the consumer products sector can ship all types of baked goods internationally, provided they comply with the destination country’s safety, packaging, labelling, and import regulations. They must also have all the necessary certificates and pack the baked goods properly for shipping with authorised transporters only.
It is crucial to check whether certain products can be legally exported to another country. For instance, EU companies wishing to send baked goods to the UK after Brexit must know that besides general EU requirements, they must fulfil the criteria for exporting such goods and possess the necessary international certificates. Read more about international shipping customs.
Shipping regulations for individuals
Shipping homemade baked goodies between individuals is much trickier because most courier companies consider these items restricted for shipping. The main reason for this is that food items often cause leakage, damage to parcels, and tend to spoil quickly. In addition, the shipper must also comply with all the restrictions imposed by the exporting and importing countries, as some food compounds or additives may be prohibited in specific destinations.
FAQ on how to send baked goods internationally by mail
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Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping baked goods internationally. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. If you decide to send baked goods in the mail or by courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.
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