Temp Control

Shipping temperature-controlled goods

Some commodities, such as pharmaceuticals, blood supplies, organs, or other life sciences products require specific controls on the temperature to which they are exposed during transport. Meeting the provisions of the IATA Temperature Control Regulations Manual (TCR) ensure that no matter what temperature-controlled goods you ship, they will be delivered safely and securely.

Documentation and labelling for temperature controlled goods

When shipping temperature-controlled goods it is crucial that all documentation is filled out completely and legibly. Using the shipper’s and consignee’s full information and phone numbers is suggested. Using IATA’s 3 letter handling codes is always a recommended practice.

If the shipment is accompanied by any certificates or health documentation, then those should be documented in the “Handling Information” box of the Air Waybill. You should fill out the “Nature and Quantity of Goods” portion of the Air Waybill and make note if dry ice is being used as a refrigerant as it is considered a dangerous good.

Acceptance and control of temperature controlled goods

Before a carrier can accept time and temperature controlled goods from a shipper there are many details regarding the shipment that must be laid out in advance. Some of these details include:

  • Contents of the time and temperature goods

  • Type of packaging

  • Flight schedule and routing

  • Aircraft type

  • Environmental conditions

  • Availability of temperature control during all phases

  • The anticipated span of the journey

  • 24hr emergency contact number

  • Country specific regulations