Keeping cool and dry
Whether you’re grilling up steaks or getting ready for your annual fish fry, one thing is for sure, you’re counting on your summer eats to be fresh when they’re delivered to your door. There’s nothing worse than discovering that your backyard barbeque is spoiled because of a shipping issue. At PeriShip, we help you avoid shipping disasters and disappointments like these. The goal of shipping perishable items is to keep the shipping container cool in transit. During the summer months one of our go-to shipping materials to keep some types of perishables fresh for longer is dry ice.
Dry ice can be the perfect option for shipping perishables during the summer. At a chilly -109 degrees Fahrenheit, it provides a longer transit time because of its extremely low temperature. When using dry ice, there is minimal moisture concern for your packaging or product since the coolant goes directly from a solid to gas avoiding the liquid state completely. Dry ice is also an environmentally friendly way to pack and ship your temperature sensitive goods this summer. It is important to remember that dry ice is considered a dangerous good/hazardous material for air transport and requires special handling. When dry ice changes to carbon dioxide gas in enclosed spaces like aircraft cargo holds, it displaces oxygen. The design and construction of packaging used for dry ice shipments must prevent the buildup of pressure that could cause rupturing. What this means is that a package with dry ice should never be completely sealed off with no ability for air to escape. For example, when shipping a Styrofoam cooler with dry ice as the coolant, never tape off all of the seams/openings, always keep one free to allow for carbon dioxide gas to escape. When your package contains dry ice it is integral for the correct identification, classification, markings, and labeling on your outer carton be visible in order to comply with current requirements of the International Air Transport Association.
Tips for Dry Ice Use:
- As the dry ice sublimates void space will be left in its wake. Be sure to combat this with extra dunnage, such as butcher paper or Kraft paper, to resist internal damage.
- Time and transit and weight of product will factor into how much dry ice you should use.
- Keep in mind dry ice cannot be used for all types of food. Live lobster and seafood, for example, cannot be packed with dry ice as the gases it gives off would damage the live seafood.
Dry ice is excellent for many shipping needs during the summer months. The experts at PeriShip understand the needs of different packages and can make the right recommendations for you, so that this summer the only thing spoiled is the customer.