Five Tips for Preventing Condensation When You Are Shipping Something

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If you are shipping something that you want to stay dry in transport, you need to make a plan to keep condensation under control. Luckily, it may be easier than you think. Here are some shipping tips to help:

1. Choose a transport company that specialises in fragile or perishable freight.

Instead of trusting any freight company with your special package, consider looking for a transport company that specialises in shipping fragile or perishable freight. These companies have the experience and processes you need, and in most cases, the differences between working with a general transport company and a specialist one can be subtle.

For example, one company may use loading docks or garages that aren't humidity controlled, while a another company only uses facilities that are completely temperature and humidity controlled. Ask your shipping rep lots of questions to ensure you can avoid humidity.

2. Request a climate-controlled truck.

If possible, after you find a transport company that you like, ask if the company can ship your package in a climate-controlled truck. Keep in mind that in many cases, after your package leaves your facility, it spends the most time in the transport truck.

If the truck's trailer is exposed to the elements, it can get quite hot, and that may cause condensation to build up inside your package. Unfortunately, that can make the contents moist.

3. Add disaccents to the package.

Choosing the right transport company is essential, but you also have ensure that you pack your shipment in a way that minimises condensation. Ideally, you should add a few packets of desiccants to your box. Desiccants can be purchased from most shipping supply shops, and these small packets contain special crystals that absorb moisture.

4. Remember ventilation.

Ventilation is also key. If your shipment is well ventilated, excess moisture can leave the box, but if it's not ventilated, the moisture will build up and potentially threaten the integrity of your shipment.

To boost ventilation, make sure that you ship in a porous container. For example, use a cardboard box rather than a plastic one. Alternatively, if you have to use a material that isn't porous, make sure the box has small holes for ventilation.

5. Insulate your shipping box.

Finally, insulation can help protect your shipment from the temperature shifts that can lead to condensation. To insulate your box, you can invest in one that has insulation built into it. Alternatively, you can add insulation by cutting layers of foam and placing them on the bottom, sides and top of your box.

For more information, talk to a transport company.