Food Shipping with uShip
Food shipments are often critical and require a higher level of care and may be subject to legal restrictions. uShip can help take the stress out of shipping. We’ll help you figure out how to ship food, help you get shipping rates from transporters, and give you some tips along the way. If you steer off course, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll help you get back on the road.
Create a listing detailing your needs for the shipment and the kind of food you’re shipping. You will then start getting shipping rates from carriers who specialize in transporting food. Compare rates, talk to them, and research their carrier profile to choose the best food transportation company.
How to Transport Food
Get your food shipped in just three easy steps!
1 | Create Your Shipment Listing
Consider your timeframe and the pick up and delivery locations for your food transport. Make sure you’re ready with your food shipment details and weight, as well as information on how it will be package, and any refrigeration needs. Be as detailed a possible during this step to ensure you get the best food transport rates. Also know what kind of services your shipment needs. It is especially important to maintain a proper environment when shipping food in order 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 food items shipped are kept in a climate controlled environment.
2 | Choose the Best Food Transport Company
After your shipment listing is complete, you’ll start receiving quotes from food transport companies as they compete for your business. As the quotes come through, you can ask questions and talk directly to the service providers. This will give you a good idea of their services and their experience in transporting food.
Every service provider has their own profile with their transportation history, customer-rated feedback and safety records for your review. Check to see how many food deliveries they have completed similar to your’s and the experience their previous customers had with them. For all food shipments, choosing a qualified service provider is important, as is determining what kind of insurance coverage may be available. The carrier profile will also have their insurance coverage. Review these profiles, talk to the food shipment companies, and take the shipping quote into consideration to feel confident you are choosing the best food transport service at the best rate.
3 | Food Shipping & Delivery
After you have selected your food shipping service, contact them with any questions, concerns, or additional details you may have about your shipment. For these types of shipments, communication with your carrier is critical in order for it to arrive on time and in good condition. Give them any third party contact information that could make the shipment run smoothly. Coordinate with your food transport company on pick up and delivery days. If you have any issues contacting your service provider, please let us know. We’re here to help before, during, and after your food delivery.
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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.