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How To Ship Food And Other Perishable Items?

Puneet Bhalla

Associate Director - Marketing @ Shiprocket

April 28, 2015

6 min read

Once you set up your online food-selling business, a bigger challenge of shipping these items awaits you. If you want your homemade goodies traveling all over the world, then you need to ensure careful shipping. Complete awareness of all facts is a must before you reach out to courier companies and finalise your shipping strategy. To ensure the food items arrive in a safe-to-consume condition, you must be thorough with the essential tips and tricks. The packaging is only one aspect and timing is everything when selling perishable items. Read on to find out the considerations to keep in mind when shipping food items.

Use Drier Ingredients

Food items are more susceptible to rotting easily owing to the high moisture content in them. You can prevent this damage by adopting a technique to decrease the moisture content in your food items. Using drier ingredients while preparing different delicacies can help you decrease deterioration. It will help keep the products dry and fresh for extended period of time. Avoid sending over moist and sticky items, as they perish easily and quickly. A stale cake will definitely leave a bad impression on your buyer, right? In case you still wish to send moist food items, make sure they are airtight and you ship them with a minimum transit period. Vacuum packaging is a great option in this case.

How To Control Temperature During Preparation?

Baking and cooking food items at low temperatures for an extended period keeps them healthy and fresh. Adequately cooked food items can endure extreme weather conditions for a certain period and can be conveniently shipped. However, you must ensure that the prepared food item is kept at room temperature for a while after cooking or baking.

Bakers and manufacturers prefer freezing food items like meats, processed cheese, yoghurt, and other milk products after allowing them to reach room temperature. This helps maintain their nutritional value. So, if you are planning to send cakes, cheesecakes, lobsters, or similar perishable items, freeze them for at least 24 hours before shipping. Thus, controlling the temperature post-cooking keeps the food fresh for a longer duration.


Proper packaging helps retain the freshness of baked and cooked goodies. The homemade, slightly moist confectionery items should be sealed in airtight tins, and the drier ones can be packed in plastic food wraps after securing them in plastic wraps. Leak-proof freezer packs keep the contents of your package cold while being shipped. To ensure they do not leak, place them inside a zipper freezer bag as an added precaution.

For packing cookies or chocolates ensure there are no spaces left between them. If significant gaps are present in their packaging, there is a higher chance of breakage during shipping and handling. For fruits that bruise easily, wrap each piece individually with tissue paper, and use extra balled up paper to cushion the spaces in between them. Pad the outer edges and sides to avoid bumps and bruises while shipping from one location to another.

While shipping several different sized and weight items together, make sure you put the heavier and larger food items at the bottom and the smaller and lighter ones at the top. Doing so would prevent crushing them against each other. Also, ensure that these well-packaged items are labeled appropriately, too.

Use of a good secondary packaging can help secure the products from all ends while also keep them fresh for a longer period. 

Preparing For The Transit

While shipping these food delicacies, it is imperative to prepare them for the transit. Packing is the first step to make sure that you properly prepare items for transportation. You can consider choosing a shipping company that offers refrigeration of foods during the transit. This will help you keep your food packages fresh for a long time. Ship your food items at the start of the week. Doing so ensures that the process does not spoil your food items are because of delays due to the non-working weekend. You must minimize all plausible causes of delay to keep the food items fresh and doe safe delivery.

While the holidays may be the most popular time of year for perishable shipping, but if you follow these tips and tricks and prepare accordingly, you can delight your customers and folks with freshly prepared food delicacies. Additionally, shipping companies have improved their policies to meet the challenges of delivering specialty food items, meats, and other perishable products, with their robust packaging and shipping technology.

Choose a Reliable Delivery Partner

When sending perishable items, like food, it’s crucial to choose a reliable courier partner. Look for an experienced service provider – they should know how to keep things safe and sound.

Partners handling intracity deliveries use special techniques and have the right equipment to ensure everything stays in the right condition. Whether it’s keeping fruits and veggies fresh or making sure frozen items stay frozen, a good company knows how to get it right.

While there are reliable players available in India for delivering perishable goods, it’s essential to do due diligence to avoid any issues, including order surge management. Choosing the right delivery partner is a crucial step in your business, so much so that it can make or break it.

Consider Shipping Food Items Locally

The shorter the time taken for food items and perishables to reach customers, the higher the chances they’ll stay fresh. Consider selling your food items and any other perishables locally with the help of hyperlocal courier services. 

Shiprocket has launched its hyperlocal delivery services, allowing sellers to ship items within 15 km of the pickup location. The best part is, that the time taken for the order to be delivered will be much lesser, hence your products will stay fresh throughout.

Final Say

Shipping can be a difficult nut to crack when you are selling perishable items, but once you conduct thorough research and figure out the best ways to pack and prepare your products, you can rest assured that your shipments will reach the buyer safely. Additionally, you may get in touch with shipping aggregators like Shiprocket that maintains high safety standards when it comes to shipping items. Moreover, with Shiprocket’s hyperlocal initiative, you can reach customers in your locality and offer them with some of your amazing food items. With a great performance on all aspects of order fulfillment, Shiprocket offers cheap shipping with the best carrier partners. 

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3 thoughts on “How To Ship Food And Other Perishable Items?

  1. We’re glad you liked the article. Watch out this space for more interesting & useful content!

  2. Hi, I’d like to ship brownies and cookies pan India. Is that possible? Have you shipped similar food items safely before? Thanks!

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