Shipping Perishables the Right Way
The refrigerated shipping industry has long been recognized for its advanced innovative capabilities to deliver a diverse range of products and goods across vast distances. With food being one of the most popular products distributed worldwide, shipping perishable goods has become a standard procedure within the industry. Even though shipping high-risk products is carried out on a regular basis, there are many things that could potentially go wrong.
Extended shipping delays, poor handling or extreme temperatures are some of the various challenges that may ultimately lead to the products’ unnecessary waste or dismissal at the final destination. Therefore, it’s important to have the right measures put in place according to each products’ individual requirements, to closely control their quality in all different stages of the process.
Here are a few factors to consider when shipping perishables:
- Temperature Sensitivity – Fresh produce tends to deteriorate with time outside specific environmental conditions. When it comes to temperature fluctuations, many perishable products may even end up unfit for consumption. To avoid this, they must all always stay within their designated temperature and humidity levels.
- Regulatory Measures – International decision-makers frequently provide new ways of improving the quality and safety of the products we use. Along with these rules, many countries require compliance with certain additional regulations for shipping perishables. These new regulations may indicate which products can enter or leave a country as well as pinpoint certain special packaging or storage requirements. The recent pandemic has further highlighted this issue as many regulations were introduced and changed to fit new health concerns. Failure to comply may result in the rejection or even destruction of the products.
- Time Matters – Some perishable products have short shelf life and rely on timely deliveries. Delayed customs processes or port holdups can endanger and sometimes damage perishable cargo.
Modern refrigerated containers with featured temperature-control equipment have revolutionized the field of perishable cargo transport, especially perishable products. With today’s technological developments, there is an answer to the growing consumer demand for better traceability, transparency, and freshness of food products.
Keeping these products at the constant temperature is where ZIMonitor comes in. With featured GPS tracking and a 24/7 global and personal service team, this cutting-edge system provides all the necessary tools to receive detailed data of the cargo’s route, monitor its humidity, temperature, or any unexpected door openings in real time.