Let’s dive into some practical tips for shipping perishable goods and how dry ice can be a game-changer in keeping your items fresh.

The Importance of Handling Perishables with Care

Perishable goods are a bit like VIPs in the shipping world. They include fresh, delicate items that can be quite sensitive to temperature changes and need special attention during transit to avoid any mishaps. These items can be quite sensitive to temperature changes, and one wrong move can lead to a mess.


Shipping perishable goods can be tricky. From temperature control and monitoring to time sensitivity, there is a lot to consider. There is a high risk of your goods either arriving spoiled or poor quality if you don’t follow the appropriate transportation methods. If you want your perishables to arrive in top condition, follow our advice.

Dry Ice: Your Perishable’s Best Friend

Dry ice is the unsung hero of the shipping world. It’s solid carbon dioxide that works wonders in keeping your goods cool during transit. Unlike regular ice, dry ice undergoes a process called sublimation, turning directly from a solid into a gas without the melted mess. This special property ensures your perishables stay at the right temperature.

Calculating the Right Amount of Dry Ice

If you have a particularly awkwardly sized consignment, figuring out how much dry ice you need can be tricky. As a general rule, you can use the following formula: 


Calculate the volume of your package (Length x Width x Height) and divide it by 2


However, you need not worry about numbers with Grabbit & Run. For our clients, we typically calculate the required dry ice based on the specific shipment’s size and requirements.

Packaging Matters

Because we specialise in dry ice, we know it’s essential to choose the right packaging materials to safeguard your perishables, making sure they make it through their journey unscathed. Sturdy boxes can make a world of difference in ensuring your items arrive fresh.

Timing Is Everything

Shipping perishable goods is all about timing. The ideal time frame depends on the type of perishables, their temperature requirements, and the chosen shipping method. Here are some general guidelines:

Type of Perishables

Different perishables have varying levels of sensitivity to temperature. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables may have different shipping requirements compared to frozen food or pharmaceutical products.

Temperature Control

Consider the temperature conditions during transit. If your perishables require specific temperature ranges, choose a shipping method that provides proper temperature control, such as insulated containers. This is particularly important when using dry ice in transit, as it is classed as a hazardous substance.

Shipping Method

Opt for expedited shipping services to reduce the time in transit. Same day or next day delivery options are ideal for time-sensitive perishables.


Use appropriate insulated packaging with ice packs or dry ice to maintain the desired temperature throughout the journey.

Avoid Weekends

If possible, avoid shipping perishables on Fridays or before holidays, as they might sit in storage over the weekend, increasing the risk of sublimation and spoilage.

Check Delivery Days

Confirm the recipient’s availability to receive the package promptly, to avoid compromising the freshness.


Ultimately, the ideal time frame for shipping perishable goods should be as short as possible, prioritising same day or next day delivery options whenever feasible. Always communicate with your shipping provider to ensure they understand the specific requirements of your perishables and can accommodate your time-sensitive needs.

Understanding Regulations and Restrictions

Shipping perishables involves some rules and regulations to ensure safety and compliance. Different places may have limits on the amount of dry ice you can use or require specific labeling. It’s crucial to follow these guidelines for a hassle-free shipping experience.

Regulations and restrictions to be aware of when shipping with dry ice:


      1. Quantity Limits

Many transportation authorities set limits on the amount of dry ice that can be used in a single shipment. These limits are in place to prevent excessive build-up of carbon dioxide gas, which can pose a safety hazard.

      2. Labelling Requirements

Packages containing dry ice must be properly labelled to alert handlers and recipients of the presence of dry ice and the potential hazards associated with it. Labels should include the words “Dry Ice” and “UN1845,” along with the net weight of dry ice in the package.

      3. Ventilation

Adequate ventilation is crucial when shipping items with dry ice. Packages should allow the release of carbon dioxide gas to prevent pressure build-up. Never seal the package completely airtight.

      4. Documentation

Depending on the mode of transportation and destination, certain shipping documents, such as a dangerous goods declaration, may be required to accompany the shipment.

      5. Carrier Restrictions

Different carriers may have their own specific rules and limitations for shipping items with dry ice, so it’s essential to check with the carrier you’re using for their guidelines.

      6. International Restrictions

When shipping internationally, you’ll need to comply with the regulations of both the origin and destination countries. Some countries may have additional requirements for handling dry ice shipments.

      7. Handling Precautions

Dry ice is extremely cold (-78.5°C or -109.3°F) and can cause frostbite or burns if not handled properly. Always use insulated gloves or tongs when handling dry ice.


By understanding and adhering to these regulations and restrictions, you can ensure the safe transportation of perishable goods with dry ice, making sure your shipments reach their destination without any complications. 

Safe Handling of Dry Ice

Dry ice is incredibly cold and can be dangerous if mishandled. Always use insulated gloves or tongs when working with dry ice. And remember, never store dry ice in a sealed container; it needs proper ventilation to prevent pressure build-up!

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