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Temperature-Controlled Shipping and How FedEx Makes It Happen

by EasyPost
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When you think of shipping, you probably don’t immediately think of temperature. But when shipping certain items, temperature-controlled shipping can be crucial. For example, if you’re shipping food or medication, the wrong temperature could spoil the shipment or make it unsafe. That’s why it’s important to work with carriers you can trust to provide reliable temperature-controlled shipping services.

What is temperature-controlled shipping?

Temperature-controlled shipping is a logistics strategy that uses special techniques and equipment to keep the temperature of a shipment within a certain range. This is usually achieved by using climate-controlled containers, which are designed to maintain a specific temperature range. 

The desired temperature range will vary depending on the product being shipped. Some shipments need to be kept warm, while others need to be kept cool.

When to use temperature-controlled shipping 

A few different scenarios may necessitate the use of temperature-controlled shipping. If you’re shipping perishables, like food or medicine, the shipment will likely need to be kept within a specific temperature range to maintain quality.

If you’re shipping chemicals or other hazardous materials, they could need to be kept at a specific temperature to prevent them from reacting or becoming unstable. 

In some cases, you could need to ship temperature-sensitive items that are not necessarily food or medicine. For example, if you’re shipping art supplies like paint or clay, they may need to be kept within a certain temperature range to prevent them from drying out or cracking

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Temperature-controlled shipping with FedEx®

FedEx is one of the key players in the temperature-controlled shipping industry. They offer a wide selection of services to help shippers maintain specified temperatures for sensitive shipments. Their network of temperature-controlled transportation services and facilities can accommodate a variety of needs, even when encountering delays. Additionally, FedEx offers quality management and value-added services that give increased visibility and protection to temperature-sensitive shipments. 

Room temperature shipping

Extreme temperatures can damage products and sensitive items, such as beauty products, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. Keep goods in top condition by selecting room temperature shipping services through FedEx. This service accommodates shipments that need to be kept between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius and 59 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cold shipping

For products that need to be kept cool, such as food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other perishables, consider refrigerated and cold shipping services through FedEx. This service uses cold packs, chilled boxes, and other specialized containers to keep goods at temperatures from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and 35 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit.

Frozen shipping

Prevent thawing with frozen shipping services from FedEx. These services can accommodate shipments that need to be kept between -10 and -25 degrees Celsius and 14 and -13 degrees Fahrenheit. They use specialized containers to keep products such as ice cream, seafood, and frozen foods at their ideal temperatures until they are delivered.

Deep frozen shipping

If products need to be kept at very cold temperatures, you’re likely looking for FedEx’s deep frozen shipping service. This solution uses liquid nitrogen dry vapor technology to preserve goods that must be kept at temperatures between -150 and -195 degrees Celsius and -238 and -319 degrees Fahrenheit. In many cases, this option is used to ship items that require extreme refrigeration, like certain medical and pharmaceutical products. 

Using FedEx Custom Critical for temperature-sensitive shipments

Get your high-value and sensitive shipments where they need to go with FedEx Custom Critical. This shipping option offers customized solutions for a variety of needs, including same-day and overnight shipping, temperature-controlled packaging, monitoring devices, and tracking. Ship temperature-sensitive shipments with confidence, knowing that FedEx will work with you to find the best solution for your unique needs.

Shipping with FedEx through EasyPost

EasyPost users can easily integrate with FedEx to access their temperature-controlled shipping. With EasyPost’s wide range of features and integrations, you can find the perfect shipping solution for your business. And with FedEx’s reliable service offerings, including temperature-controlled shipping, you can be confident your shipments will arrive safely and on time.

Get started by signing up for a free EasyPost account and schedule a meeting with one of our shipping experts to learn more about what EasyPost offers.