How to Pack Frozen goods for Delivery | 7 Things you need to know before you ship frozen goods | Checklist for Frozen or cold delivery.

Firstly there two most important things you need to consider when you are packing frozen goods in an icebox to ship to your customer

  1. It’s important to estimate the travel time, Do factor in the worst case scenario like truck break downs, Flight delays etc.
  2. Look at the Weather forecast and prepare for Extreme Temperature Spikes that your ice box will subject to.

Once you have understood the environment & challenge ahead below are the five things to be on your Checklist.

  1. Quality of ice box - It’s important that if you have expensive perishables that are shipped to your customer, You invest in a quality ice box to ensure you preserve the cold in the icebox, If you are looking for economical alternatives, It may be best to revise your expectations. There are various insulation Materials available ranging from the cheapest Polystyrene esky to the Rolls Royce of Cold chain shippers which are vacuum insulated.

 

  1. Quality of Ice pack- Most ice packs that available in the Market is filled with water or salt water, which isn’t a great alternative to ice. You must look for Food Grade & Medical Grade ice packs that are made with coolants that can keep things frozen or chilled for up to 7 times longer than ice.

 

  1. Estimate the Volume of payload - It’s important that you measure the volume of the payload and choose an appropriate size of ice box or esky to ensure you allow for sufficient space to pack ice packs / dry ice/dry ice packs. In most cases, we find that customers compromise on the Volume of the esky which eventually affects the volume of the ice packs that you can pack in the icebox esky hence making it impossible to have a successful cold chain delivery without sufficient refrigerant to keep the payload at the desired temperature.

 

  1. The temperature of the Payload - To ensure the ice packs work the best in the cooler, It’s important that the payload is pre chilled or frozen to the lowest possible temperature that it can afford to go to without affecting its integrity. The colder the payload temperature, lesser the effort of the ice packs to keep it cool.

 

  1. Choosing the right type of ice pack - There are various types of ice packs with distinct formulations to suit every industry. It’s important that the right ice packs are used for the specific cold chain project. Cryolux offers a wide range of dry ice packs, Ice packs, Gel packs, Gel ice packs, Phase change gel bricks, Bubble back gel ice packs, Gullet packs etc. Hence the right choice of ice packs will help you keep your produce at the right temperature until it's delivered to the customer

 

How to pack your frozen goods for delivery

Once you have a generously large Esky & sufficient volume of dry ice packs or gel packs that are well frozen, it's best to pack the cooler just before the time for despatch. However, If you do have a cold storage room, then the shipper can be packed much ahead of time and stored in cold Room away from the door. It's best to pack your cooler tight inside with sufficient volume of ice packs for best performance. If your payload is temperature sensitive or if it can be affected by a freezer burn, its best to ensure the layer of ice packs that are in direct contact with the payload are bubble back ice packs alternatively you can place a layer of bubble wrap around the payload. If the transit times are really long we recommend you spill generous amount of dry ice pellets or place dry ice blocks amongst the ice packs to extend the chill times. If you are using dry ice, we suggest that you close the lid shut and pack them in the outer shipper carton, However, if you aren’t using dry ice, we recommend that you tape the lid to the body thus making the box air tight for best performance.