Shipping in Cold Weather

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As Canada and the United States get hit with another blast of cold weather, we all start thinking about ways that our everyday business can be affected by the temperatures. Shipping in cold weather can present an additional set of challenges that we do not have to deal with in warm weather. Here are some things to look out for when setting up shipping in colder temperatures.

Temperature Sensitive Items

The first thing to check is if anything that you are shipping is sensitive to cold temperatures. Electronics and food items can be particularly sensitive to extreme conditions. If you are shipping your items a long distance through cold weather, make sure to protect them properly. This may require shipping using a climate controlled shipping container.

Even if your products are not sensitive to cold, check to make sure moisture does not damage your goods. Cold weather can cause increased condensation in packaging and shipping containers. Use of desiccants or vacuum sealed packing can help to prevent moisture damage.

Businesses Closed for Weather

Be prepared for your shipment to arrive at closed business that cannot receive it. When ice and snow hit, particularly in areas that are not used to it, business can shut down. If you do not have a contingency plan to store your items overnight if your shipping destination is closed, you could be putting your shipping company and your goods in jeopardy.

Keep an eye on the weather and make sure to have some arrangements made if the area you are shipping to gets hit with inclement weather.

Traffic and Late Deliveries

Last year there were reports of people in Atlanta being trapped in their cars overnight due to ice and snow. If something like this were to occur with your shipment trapped on the highway, there could be significant delays in delivery.

Make sure when shipping in the winter months to give any time sensitive items plenty of time to be delivered. Advise anyone who you might be shipping to of the routes your shipment is going to take and where potential weather issues might arise.

Communication in these situations can be the difference between a slight delay and a lost customer.

Broken Equipment

The cold causes batteries to die and hydraulic systems to freeze up. If you are shipping industrial, construction or other equipment that needs to be used outdoors, make sure to winterize the equipment for a period of inactivity before shipping.

Remove all the batteries, drain any fluids and if possible, use antifreeze. This will prevent any transit damage that might occur to your equipment due to the cold. It will also ensure your equipment arrives ready to perform the job you sent it to do.

Cratex group are experts in industrial packing and crating. Contact us for any cold weather packing needs before shipment!