The Do’s and Don’ts of sending food parcels abroad

Winter holidays are approaching and it’s time to start thinking about gifts. What can be a better gift for someone overseas than their favorite homemade food? Whether you have someone abroad or you’re growing a small business and shipping products to your customers, there are some rules and restrictions you need to follow. We’ve prepared a list of the do’s and don’ts of sending food parcels abroad to answer all your questions and doubts. Consider sending food parcels abroad for the winter holidays? Find the best temperature-controlled shipping companies and ship the food safely. Let’s begin!

What to know before sending food parcels abroad

There are some common things and basic rules for sending food abroad. The most common rule is to avoid sending anything that is perishable. Perishable food is food that can be spoiled during transport, basically anything that’s not kept in a tin, jar or isn’t dried. Food must be in the original packaging or sealed and packed (depends on the restrictions in the country you’re shipping to). The food parcel must contain a list of all ingredients and a shelf life of longer than 6 months from the date of shipping. Send your family’s favorite homemade dishes safely with cargo companies in Jubail!

Know what can be sent abroad

Before sending food parcels abroad it is important to know what can be sent. This is also important before choosing a shipping container. We’ll mention some of the most common types of food that can be sent abroad:

  • Store-bought food items
  • Home-made food
  • vacuum-sealed food
  • food packed in clean paper boxes, metal food tins and plastic boxes/bags
  • dehydrated soups
  • condiments in unbreakable jars
  • coffee, tea
  • dried nuts, fruit, seeds
  • specialty foods like tuna, sardines, dips, anchovies
food in packages
It’s important to know what kind of food can be sent abroad: food in original package, vacuum-sealed homemade food, food in metal tins, plastic bags, canned food, and dehydrated products.

Don’t send anything prohibited

If you consider sending food parcels abroad, you should know what’s prohibited. Don’t send alcohol or any flammable liquids. A general rule is that alcohol can’t be shipped abroad. But before sending, visit the country’s postal website for information and see what’s prohibited. All countries have individual rules. Fun fact: it’s forbidden to import a pair of matching shoes to South Africa, Mexico or India! Weird, isn’t it? And it’s about shoes. You can only imagine how different are food restrictions in the whole world. Check food sending rules when moving to a warmer climate you want to bring something with you.

a picture of liquor
Don’t send alcohol or any flammable liquids as they represent the most common prohibited items for sending abroad.

Don’t send anything not resistant to temperature

Don’t send food non-resistant to high temperatures during shipping. If you still consider sending food like these abroad, make sure to require temperature-controlled transportation or environment. But this usually means higher prices compared to transportation via regular cargo units. Avoid sending high-moisture foods, like pumpkin bread or soft cookies because of their susceptibility to molds. Chocolate can melt because of the heat and change the color and shape during transport.

rotten cheese
Avoid sending food parcels abroad with groceries not resistant to heat, moisture, and various temperature conditions.

Don’t send perishable foods

Don’t try to send perishable food abroad. Perishable food is food that can be spoiled during transport and includes basically anything that’s not in a tin, jar or isn’t dried. This also means avoid sending meat, fish, soft cheese, dairy or anything that can’t stay in good condition at room temperature for more than two hours. Cookies, cakes with cream, chocolate with filling are perishable food, too. One more hint: don’t mix food and non-food contents. If they stay in the same box for weeks at a time, smells will mix and ruin the food.

cargo shipping
Make sure to send food parcels with temperature-controlled transportation.

Do send the following food

Be free to send the following food abroad. Even if there are some restrictions, you can still send some delicious food to your dear person abroad. Here are some acceptable types of food for international shipping: sweets or anything in paper boxes, metal food tins, plastic boxes and bags; dried beef or poultry food, beef slim, dry baked goods like biscotti, nut bars, ginger snaps, crackers, chips, commercially packaged cakes and cookies, pralines, toffee, vacuum-sealed goods, dried nuts and fruit, coffee, tea, canned tuna and sardines, dehydrated soups, drink mixes and condiments in unbreakable jars, etc.

Don’t pay more than you should

Another don’t rule: don’t pay more than you should for sending food parcel. There are many comparison services where you can compare the food shipping prices and save money on international deliveries. Research well and before you choose, weigh and measure your food package properly. This is also important because if the parcel is heavier or larger than limited, the courier may refuse to ship it. Or you’ll simply going to pay more.

Only send via reliable cargo company that offers tracking solutions

Sending every kind of package abroad is risky if you send it without tracking service. It’s recommended to use a tracking service when sending food parcels internationally. The price could be higher, but you’ll know where your parcel is every moment. You can also know when the parcel is due to arrive and contact your provider or cargo company if there is any problem.

Check the delivery address twice

One thing to DO at least twice when shipping food parcels abroad is to check the delivery address. This may be obvious but mistakes happen. The incorrect delivery addresses are the most common international courier issue. Make sure to double-check the delivery address and check with the recipient if the address appears online on Google. And be sure to include a return address in the case of unexpected situations.

Don’t send too much food on holidays

People like giving and receiving food for holidays, but when it comes to sending food parcels abroad, you should be aware of holidays. Christmas, for example, is the time when thousands of people are sending food gifts abroad. It can happen that couriers can’t accept your order or simply can’t arrive on time because of tons of orders. Make sure to book a courier or cargo shipping before the holidays. If you wonder what to do with food when moving? Consider sending some nice dishes abroad to your friends.

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