Written By: Narek Hakobyan
Imagine that you are responsible for shipping valuable cargo that has the potential to save lives. However, this cargo has a short shelf life and can spoil quickly if not kept at the right temperature. This is the challenge that many face when shipping temperature-sensitive items, such as pharmaceuticals and biological samples. These items are essential for healthcare, life sciences, and diagnostics but are also very fragile and sensitive. In this blog post, we will reveal some common mistakes made when shipping temperature-sensitive items and how you can avoid them and ensure the integrity of your shipments.
Another common mistake when shipping temperature-sensitive items is providing incorrect or incomplete documentation and labeling. Documentation and labelling are essential for customs clearance, regulatory compliance, and proper handling of the shipment. If the documentation and labeling aren't done correctly, the shipment may experience delays, penalties, or rejection at the border.
Packaging isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, especially when shipping temperature-sensitive items. One of the most important factors is choosing packaging materials to maintain desired temperature ranges and protect items from external factors. Some packaging materials are unsuitable for shipping temperature-sensitive items because they provide inadequate insulation, cushioning, or moisture resistance. An example would be cardboard boxes or regular ice packs that easily absorb heat, cold or water, eventually compromising the items' integrity.
Another common mistake most people make is neglecting to monitor the temperature during transit. It is important to monitor the temperature during transit to detect deviations from the desired temperature range and adjust accordingly. Imagine you forget to monitor temperatures during transit; in that case, you are essentially blind to any problems, such as temperature excursions (i.e., dry ice depletion) or human error, and you may end up delivering compromised items.
To ensure the integrity of your shipment, you need to understand the difficulties and common mistakes that come with shipping temperature-sensitive items. Avoiding the listed mistakes is a good start; however, you may still face challenges. That is why having a reliable and experienced partner who can offer you the best solutions, services, and support for your temperature-sensitive items is important.
At Mercury, we specialize in temperature-sensitive shipments. We can help you find suitable supplies that best fit your needs, help you with customs documentation and labeling, monitor the temperature of your shipments, and provide 24/7 support. Contact us today, and let us take care of your temperature-sensitive items.