Tips for Shipping Produce

Sweet Peppers in Wood Crate

Spring is upon us, which means harvest season is right around the corner. Once your warehouses start filling up with freshly picked produced, you are going to have to ship it to the customers who are interested in buying. Nobody wants a shipment of produce to arrive bruised and messy. Here are some things to remember as you get your crop ready to ship to your customers to make sure it arrives looking as good as it did the day it was picked.

 Remember the Legal Stuff

If you are planning on shipping produce overseas, remember there are several legalities that need to be taken care of first. Start filling out all of that paperwork now, so that when it comes time to ship there are no delays in getting your fresh harvest sent out. If you are shipping internationally, then remember to make sure your produce will be accepted by customs and not held up on the docks to rot.

Pick the Best to Ship

Shipping is a process. This means that there is going to be time involved. Produce that is already bruised or otherwise unhealthy isn’t going to make a long journey. That means when it comes to choosing what to ship, ship the healthiest product you can find. This will help to ensure what arrives on the other end is a good buy for the consumer. Remember, if it looks questionable before you ship it, it is probably going to be rotten by the time that it arrives.

Pick Good Crating

Crating is not the item to decide to go cheap on when you are shipping produce. In many cases, the crate is all that stands between your produce and certain doom. Hiring an expert in custom crating, like Cratex Group, can help to ensure that your crop is protected for the journey to market. They can also assist in creating a crate that will reduce the likelihood of damage during transit based on the type of produce that you are shipping.

Line Your Crates

Generally, crates are constructed of wood. This means that there can be splinters or uneven surfaces that can cause damage to your produce. Lining the crate before shipping will protect it while it is making the journey to market. Having a lined crate can also reduce the tendency of your shipment to move around and shift during transit.

Use Produce Bags

If you are shipping more delicate things like lettuce or green onions, then you may want to invest in individual produce bags for them. Produce bags will add protection but also differ from regular shipping bags in that they allow your produce to breathe while in transit. Using a regular bag can cut off air and cause premature molding or rotting.

Consider Climate Control

For the extra-long journey to market, you may want to consider a climate controlled container. This allows you to ensure maximum freshness of your produce.

For help with custom crates or packing of your produce, call the Cratex Group for an estimate today!