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Feb 6, 2021

How FedEx keeps your live shipments warm

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How FedEx keeps your live shipments warm

Hello Everyone,

ShipYourReptiles and ShipYourAquatics customers often ask how their live shipments will move through the Fed Ex system. The main concern this time of year is: Are my shipments going to be exposed to extreme cold?

With chilly winter weather sweeping across the U.S., this is a great time to give you the rundown: 

- First of all, it’s essential that you pack your shipments according to our proven shipping standards. This includes the proper use of heat packs. Get all the details at ShipYourReptiles and ShipYourAquatics. Please reach out with any questions regarding heat pack use. 

- When FedEx picks up your package, it goes right into a truck. 

- When a FedEx truck arrives at a FedEx facility, the truck is backed into the temperature-controlled building. All the package sorting happens inside. From here your package goes onto another truck or into a heated plane cargo hold. 

- Before packages go onto airplanes, they are loaded into ventilated "cans” (see the photo above) inside the heated FedEx facility. 

- Trucks whisk these cans from heated buildings to the airplanes. Each truck carries a small number of cans, so the unloading happens very quickly. This is the only time your package is outdoors (but still inside the can) for any length of time. 

- The cargo holds on the planes are temperature controlled. Keep in mind: FedEx is the largest horse shipper on the planet. They’re not flying those expensive animals in freezing cold. 

- When the plane lands, the process goes in reverse. The can is trucked to a heated facility where it waits until it goes onto another plane, or the can is unloaded and your package goes onto a truck. 

FedEx is in the business of safe speed. They move packages as quickly and efficiently as possible, and your live shipments spend very little time outside. This fact, coupled with proper packing materials and methods, means your live shipments arrive safe and sound!

Stay warm out there,

Chad Brown

Founder of AllProShipping, ShipYourReptiles and ShipYourAquatics