How to Ship Dairy Products: Yoghurt Kefir, and Milk

How to transport yoghurt, kefir grain and other dairy products

Are you a dairy products producer and need to organise a yoghurt or kefir delivery to a friend? Or are you a business selling dairy products and looking for a reliable logistics partner? At Eurosender we know how difficult it can be to mail kefir or other dairy products. Keep reading to get expert advice on how to pack kefir grains and yoghurt for shipping and what regulations apply when sending dairy products over the mail or by courier. Explore the basic information about shipping of dairy products and send milk, yoghurt, and kefir grains nationally or overseas.

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How to ship kefir grains, yoghurt, milk, and other dairy products

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Regulations when shipping dairy products

The transportation of dairy products is a common practice, even though severe restrictions apply in different countries across the globe. Licenced companies can organise the transportation of yoghurt, kefir, milk and other dairy products with specialised carriers in a temperature-controlled environment. Individuals are not allowed to send perishable products such as yoghurt or milk by mail or courier as these are considered restricted items. Still, many people decide to ship dairy products every day however by doing so, they send them at their own risk.

How to pack kefir grains for shipping in a box

When shipping kefir grains domestically or abroad, have in mind that transit time maybe a few days, so you have to pack your items properly for transportation:

  1. Place the kefir grains in a plastic bag or a glass container and add 3 tbs of cold water and a pinch of sugar.
  2. Seal the bag or container, cover it with a paper towel and then with bubble wrap, and put it in a cooler bag together with dry ice packs or gel ice pack.
  3. Put items inside the cardboard box. Add some cushioning materials.
  4. Seal the box with adhesive tape.

How to pack yoghurt or milk for transportation

Follow this packaging guide to ensure safe transportation conditions for dairy products, including yoghurt and milk:

  1. Take glass or plastic bottles with yoghurt or milk and place them carefully in a thermal bag.
  2. Add plenty of dry ice packs or gel ice packs to keep yoghurt and milk refrigerated.
  3. Nest the bottle in a shipping box filled with cushioning materials such as polymeric foams, packing peanuts etc.
  4. Shake the box to make sure the bottle is not moving inside. Seal the box.


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FAQs about dairy products transportation overseas and domestically

Can I ship dairy with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship dairy products internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain dairy products within the content. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Regular plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
What temperature must dairy products be stored at while shipping?
The required temperature varies accordingly to the type of product and shipping conditions. Usually, dairy products are stored at refrigerated temperatures between 1°C and 3°C, cheese between 1°C and 7°C.
How do you travel with kefir grains?
The proper packing makes travelling with kefir grains possible. As mentioned above, we recommend using dry ice or gel ice packs for storing dairy products during transportation. If you chose to send yoghurt and kefir grains instead, make sure the package won’t leak as insurance is not applicable for restricted items.
How is milk transported overseas? How does it stay cold during shipping?
Milk can be transported in milk cans or bulk tankers. The milk produced in large-scale commercial dairy operations is usually transported overseas in bulk tankers. Milk tankers are insulated and kept in temperature-controlled containers.
What is the best way to store kefir grains?
If you do not need kefir grains right away, you can keep them idle instead. However, you need to make sure that they will not spoil, so it is better to store them in a glass jar with milk or water/sugar solution in the fridge. Another best way to store kefir grains is to dry or freeze them.
How to send a yoghurt maker?
If you want to send a yoghurt maker by post or courier, look no further as Eurosender provides international shipping services at the lowest cost. Check the instructions on how to pack a yoghurt maker on our dedicated page about household appliances and kitchen utensils.
How to make kefir grains?
Many people who want to make homemade yoghurt wonder how to make kefir grains. While it takes some time to grow kefir grains, you can simply acquire them from your local kefir maker. Otherwise, you can take advantage of courier services and discover how to safely transport kefir grains.

Take into consideration these guidelines when organising dairy products delivery. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to send dairy products, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.