Dry ice shipping: What you need to know

Shipping temperature-sensitive materials requires precision and careful planning.

Dry ice, or solid carbon dioxide, has become well-known as a crucial element in maintaining the cold chain during transit.

From pharmaceuticals to perishable samples and frozen foods, many industries rely on the unique properties of dry ice for effective shipping.

Below, we’ll outline the essential aspects of dry ice shipping that you need to know if you’re shipping products that require the use of dry ice.

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What is dry ice used for in shipping?

Dry ice is primarily used as a refrigerant to keep materials and items cold during transportation.

Shipments using dry ice are identified as UN 1845, with the proper shipping name of “Carbon Dioxide, solid” or simply “Dry Ice”.

How much dry ice do I need for shipping?

The amount of dry ice you’ll need for shipping depends on the specific materials you’re transporting and how long they’ll be shipped for.

Generally, we recommend that shipments spanning a 24-hour period need 5kg of dry ice.

However, the quantity may vary based on factors such as external temperature, insulation, destination, transit time, and the nature of the contents (such as how perishable an item is).

Shipping dry ice internationally is possible with the help of an expert like Jag Express.

Can you ship dry ice internationally?

Yes! It is possible to ship dry ice internationally, but it comes with its challenges.

As a hazardous material, only some couriers are equipped and trained in the appropriate handling of such shipments. Seeking expert assistance is crucial in navigating the complexities of international regulations.

How long does dry ice last when shipping?

On average, 2-5 kilograms of dry ice will sublimate every 24 hours. Larger quantities can extend this period to up to 48 hours.

Commercially available dry ice packs can offer cooling for approximately a day.

Rules for dry ice shipping

Because it is an inherently dangerous goods, there are stringent dry ice shipping regulations and rules that must be complied with.

Keep in mind that these rules differ slightly depending on the destination country, as well as the air carrier transporting the shipment.

Below we’ve outlined some general rules for dry ice shipping.

Dry ice packaging

Proper gas venting is crucial when transporting dry ice shipments. This is because packages must allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas. 

Packaging must be properly designed and used correctly to prevent a potentially explosive release of CO2. It must also comply with any other regulatory packing instruction pertaining to the contents within the dry ice.

Jag Express can help with dry ice packaging and shipping for clients.

Keeping the package strong

Dry ice shipments must adhere to Packing Instruction 954, which are contained in technical instructions developed by the International Civil Aviation organisation (ICAO). 

Generally, the package containing dry ice must possess adequate strength to withstand normal loading and unloading during transport. 

Working with an expert dry ice shipping courier will ensure that the sender adheres to ICAO rules and any other applicable instructions.

Using the correct package materials

Avoid using plastics that can become brittle or permeable at dry ice temperatures.

Commercially available packaging intended for dry ice and certified for use at ultra low temperatures can mitigate this issue and meet various regulatory requirements.

Correct labelling

There are several labelling requirements needed when packaging dry ice – it is critical this is done correctly to ensure your shipment gets to its final destination.

  • If you are sending dry ice by air, you will need an airway bill. The specifications required can change by country, so it’s always best to speak to an expert for guidance on how to ensure proper completion.
  • There are multiple package markings that must be added, such as the correct designation, consignee details and weight.
  • Labelling must include the correct hazard class 9 label

Getting your shipment’s labelling correct can be the difference between it arriving safely and in a timely manner, vs being held up in customs.

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Need some help with dry ice shipping?

When shipping your products using dry ice, you’ll be walking across a bit of a minefield.

Using dry ice is vital for ensuring the safe and effective transportation of temperature-sensitive goods, but you’ll need to make sure you’re using the right products safely and in compliance with international regulations.

Ultimately, this means you’ll need a specialised dry ice courier to assist with your shipment.

Jag Express is a trusted partner used by hundreds of companies to maintain the cold chain integrity of shipments.

As experts in the field, we understand the unique requirements and challenges associated with transporting temperature-sensitive materials and dry ice shipping, and we’re here to offer you a seamless solution.

Don’t compromise on the integrity of your consignment. Contact us today for a quote and experience peace of mind with a courier dedicated to delivering your valuable shipment with precision and care.

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