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 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.