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Shipping Food with uShip

Food shipments are often critical, require a higher level of care and may be subject to legal restrictions. That's why it's important to choose the best food shipping company for your needs. You want a carrier who can help take the stress out of shipping your food farm to market. Communication is of the utmost importance when delivering a sensitive product like produce, as you need to know where your shipment is at all times.

It's important to find as many food shipping companies as possible when researching your carrier options. Be sure to compare them to each other, looking for experience, communication styles, and reviews. Price of shipping matters as well, but you may not always want to go with the cheapest option. With uShip, we provide shipping quotes, reviews including experience, and the ability to talk to the transporters directly all in one place.

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Shipping Baked Goods

If that wedding cake arrives and it isn't fresh, you're going to have some upset clients. Sealing your baked goods with plastic wrap saves that just-baked freshness. For sturdier goods, shrink wrap does wonders, but for more delicate items, plastic wrap will do just fine. You can freeze cupcakes or items with more decorative frosting to be sure they hold up during transport. If you're shipping baked goods, you want them to be as airtight as possible.

Refrigerated Food Shipping

First, you'll want to invest in sturdy, insulated, foam containers for all items you need to keep cool or frozen. Next, start looking at coolants and liners for the packaging. Depending on what you're shipping, you can either line the container or you can add a cooling agent (gel packs, dry ice, etc.) inside the packaging. If your food can thaw, be sure to place an absorbent pad or mat on top of your liners. Double bag or wrap if necessary. Once your goods are in the packaging, pad and pack to minimize movement during transit. Consider materials like bubble wrap and packing peanuts to provide at least 2 to 3 inches of protection. With that, you're ready to find your transporter for a safe and confident delivery.

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Using uShip for your Food Delivery

Booking a carrier on uShip is easy. Create your shipment listing detailing your needs for the transport. Include dates for pick up and delivery, weight and any additional dimensions, and any special care your food requires. Once you have completed the listing, food shipping companies with start sending you quotes to move your shipment. They compete for your business with their rates, so you know you're getting the best deal on your shipping. As the quotes come in, you're able to talk to the carrier directly and check out their carrier profile. There, you'll find their shipping history, their customer rated reviews, and more information about their company. When you find a carrier at the right price with the right services, accept the quote and begin working with them directly. Track your shipment with uShip Tracking and be sure to work with the carrier to keep the transit time to 30 hours or less.

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship Food?

The average cost for food shipping depends on the distance, timeframe, and what you’re shipping. It costs $2.24 per mile to transport food less than 100 miles, but costs $1.46 per mile to transport food less than 1000 miles.

Visit our cost to ship food and beverages page for an inside look at the uShip food shipping process. There, you'll be able to view food shipments completed on the uShip marketplace, so you can get a good idea of what your shipment may cost.

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