If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that dry ice is great for a whole bunch of purposes, including but not limited to, shipping perishable goods. As your favorite dry ice supplier, we wanted to take a second to help you ensure that your dry ice shipment goes off without a hitch, getting your package to its destination scot-free. Here’s what the nation’s two largest shipping companies — UPS and FedEx — have to say on the matter.
Dry Ice Shipping Regulations with UPS
Dry ice shipments aren’t regulated for ground transport, so you can process these as simply as you would any other package. Just make sure that it’s packaged safely, including proper ventilation to prevent your package from blowing up under the pressure of sublimation. Their advice includes:
- Filling empty space with packaging material to avoid movement during transit
- Wrap temperature-sensitive material in two water-tight bags and/or including an absorbent material or plastic liner
- Avoid shipping temperature-sensitive packages over the weekend
- Wrap the dry ice in paper or another carton to slow sublimation and prevent excess space
- Don’t place the dry ice at the bottom of the package, as cold air will not ciruclate
- Ensure proper ventilation for CO2 gas to escape
As far as dry ice shipping via air, things are a bit more strict. UPS dry ice air shipment regulations can be found here.
Dry Ice Shipping Regulations with FedEx
FedEx offers a thoroughly detailed breakdown of how to ship with dry ice in their “How to Pack” guidelines, found here. Dry ice shipping regulations begin on page 12, and can be searched for by using the “find” function (control + F on PC, command + F on Mac) to jump throughout the document. Their guidelines for air shipment are parallel to UPS’, as they’re regulated by the International Air Transport Association. Click into FedEx’s PDF guidelines for more information.
We love shipping with dry ice, and we hope that you’re able to use these guidelines to get your perishable goods to their destination safely and successfully.
Dry Ice Corp: A Dry Ice Supplier in Maryland
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice products and customized delivery services in the Northeastern United States, from Virginia all the way up to Maine. And because our dry ice is supplied by manufacturing plants located right here in the Northeast, we can guarantee freshness. Other suppliers, meanwhile, get their dry ice from manufacturing plants as much as 1,000 miles away, which has a direct impact on product freshness. Ready to get your dry ice? Click here!
Dry Ice Corp provides the highest levels of service and freshest dry ice products.
If you have any questions about using Dry Ice to ship seafood, please contact Dry Ice Corp by calling 201.767.3200. You can also connect with Dry Ice Corp on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.