Keep it fresh: Ship it fast with FedEx

Shipping perishable items — whether you’re sending them across the country or around the world — is a bit more complex than most standard shipping tasks. However, with careful planning and the right tips and tricks, you’ll be able to get through the perishable shipping process like a seasoned pro.

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Identify: What Is a Perishable Shipment?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) defines a shipment as perishable if its contents will deteriorate over a given period of time if exposed to harsh environmental conditions, such as excessive temperature or humidity. Examples of perishable shipments include seafood, dairy, plants, meat, fruits and vegetables, and live tropical fish.

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Plan Ahead: Account for Government Regulations

Knowing about and complying with U.S. government regulations regarding your perishable shipments, such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, can be difficult and time-consuming. We help take care of FDA issues so you can take care of business.

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Ship With Confidence: FedEx Custom Critical® Temperature-Control Solutions

FedEx Custom Critical offers an array of surface and air solutions to meet your temperature-control freight shipping needs. Our sophisticated equipment and special handling procedures are designed to meet the sensitive nature of your temperature-controlled perishable shipments.

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Be in the Know: Shipment Visibility and Monitoring

Knowledge is power. With visibility into your perishable shipments, you can adjust and plan with confidence and even intervene when needed. We've got solutions that can help ensure on-time delivery and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your shipment's on track.

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Be Prepared: Packaging Your Perishable Goods

Perishable products may be subjected to harsh environmental conditions, such as excessive temperature or humidity, on the way to their destination. So packaging your shipment correctly — including shipping containers and packing materials — is essential to keeping the perishables fresh until they're delivered to their destination.

Want to ensure your packaging and packing techniques are making the grade? Ask our pros for help: FedEx Packaging Services provides complimentary design, testing and engineering information services that can help improve your packaging strategies.

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Get It There Fast: Choose the Right Shipping Service

The longer it takes for your perishable shipment to be delivered, the more likely its quality will decrease. We offer numerous options to get your perishable items where they need to be, when they need to be there.

*Perishable items shipped internationally via FedEx require a contract. For more information, call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 to be put in contact with FedEx Sales.

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