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Agricultural Transport with uShip

Unlike typical freight shipments, agriculture shipments are often critical, require a higher level of care, and may be subject to legal or regulatory restrictions. Let uShip help you find the best agriculture transport company at the best shipping rate. We’ll also help you figure out how to transport your agricultural goods. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll get you back on track.

The uShip marketplace is perfect for finding plant and produce transport services that fit your needs within your budget. Create your listing detailing the shipment needs, dates, and locations for pick up and delivery. Transporters who specialize in shipping plants, produce, and other agricultural goods will then send you shipping rates for your review. You can talk to the transporters and review their profiles before choosing the rate and shipping service you want to work with.

How to Ship Agricultural Goods

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With uShip, shipping agriculture is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Listing

You’ll want to consider your timeframe and the pick up and delivery locations. Make sure you’re ready with your agriculture shipment’s specifications, as well as details on how it will be packaged, and any refrigeration needs. Be as detailed a possible during this step to ensure you get accurate transportation quotes. Know what kind of agriculture transport service is best for your needs. Proper environment maintenance when shipping agricultural goods is necessary for it to arrive at its destination in good condition and in compliance with food safety guidelines. Reefer freight, or refrigerated freight, is a method of transport where agricultural goods shipped are kept in a climate controlled environment, preserving the quality of the shipment.

2 | Choose the Best Agriculture Transport Company

Once your plant or produce shipment listing is completed, you’ll start receiving quotes from agricultural goods transport companies as they compete for your business. As the shipping quotes come through, you can ask questions and talk directly to the service providers. This will give you a good idea of their experience in shipping agricultural goods like your’s. We also recommend reviewing their carrier profiles.

Every service provider on uShip has their own profile with their transportation history, customer-rated feedback and safety records for your review. Check to see how many agriculture deliveries they have completed similar to your’s and the feedback left from their previous customers. For all agriculture shipments, choosing a qualified service provider is important, as is determining what kind of insurance coverage may be available. Taking a moment to do your due diligence when it comes to research and properly preparing your shipment ensures that it will arrive on time and in good condition. Review these profiles, talk to the agriculture shipment companies, and take the quote into consideration to feel confident you are choosing the best produce and plant transport services at the best rate.

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Delivery of agricultural goods

3 | Agriculture Shipping & Delivery

After you have selected your agriculture shipping service, contact them with any additional details, questions, or concerns you may have about your shipment. For these types of shipments, communication with your carrier is especially important. Share any third party contact information that could make the shipment run smoothly. Work with your transporter on a good pick-up and delivery location for your agriculture shipment. If you run into any issues, let us know. We’re here to help before, during and after your agriculture delivery.

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How Much Does It Cost to Ship Fresh Produce?

The average cost for agriculture shipping depends on the distance. It costs $2.03 per mile to transport agriculture less than 100 miles, but costs $1.46 per mile to transport agriculture less than 1000 miles.

Visit our cost to ship agriculture pages for an inside look at the uShip agriculture transport process. There, you'll be able to view produce and plant transport completed through the uShip marketplace. Being familiar with the process is key to getting a great shipping experience with uShip.

How to Prepare Produce for Shipping

First thing to do is assess the best option for packaging. You can work with styrofoam boxes that typically include an exterior cardboard box. Remember, the thicker the wall, the more expensive the box, but the less ice packs or dry ice you will need. To save some money, you could get styrofoam cut sheets to insert into your own boxes. Insulated liners are another option. Keep in mind, air filled insulation liners are more cost effective.

Depending on whether you need to keep your agricultural goods frozen or refrigerated, you will want to consider dry ice or ice packs. Ice packs work best for refrigeration while dry ice is better for keeping your product frozen. When purchasing ice packs, save money by going with the one-time use ice packs. Using dry ice means you will have extra considerations as you will be handling and shipping hazardous material. Make sure you label the package alerting the agricultural transportation companies of the contents.

The faster you can get your produce delivered, the better. When using ground transportation, you will want to let the transport company know the urgency of the delivery. If you are using dry ice, make sure they are prepared to ship a hazmat package. Try to include shipping costs into the cost of your produce as well.

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