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packing shipping seafood
Packing & Shipping Seafood

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What did Grandma always say about packing and shipping seafood?

  • KEEP IT COOL
  • KEEP IT CLEAN
  • KEEP IT MOVING
air fresh seafood
Air-Fresh Seafood

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  • Sturdy Boxes: Wetlocks are still the standard, but other specialty boxes are available
  • Use 4-Mil Poly Liners: Airlines hate leakers…so will your customers
  • “Wet” Ice: Don’t use regular ice. It melts & creates a huge mess
  • Chill Before Packing: Make sure the fish is 32°F – or a bit less – before it goes into the boxes
  • Gel Ice: Must be hard frozen & leak free / Use 2 X 1.5 lb gel packs per 50 lb box & 4 X 1.5 gel packs per 80 lb box / Put gel packs on both top and bottom of box
  • Insulation: Really helps maintain the chill / Highly advised during warmer months
effect of insulation gel packs
Effect of Insulation & Gel Packs

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50 lbs Chilled Salmon / Time to Reach 40°F

Fish Pre-Chilled to 32°F / Ambient air temperature of 60°F

planning your air shipment
Planning Your Air Shipment

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  • Doing It Yourself?
    • Read MAP’s “Air Shipment of Fresh Fish”
    • Ask lots of “stupid” questions
    • Don’t take anything for granted

There are a ton of issues you need to consider!

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Planning Your Air Shipment

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  • Choosing a carrier
    • Service to destination – direct flights, minimum connections, timing, etc.
    • Experienced staff / general reputation
    • Adequate chilling facilities enroute, etc. etc.
    • Is your shipment “priority”, or can it be bumped for mail or passenger baggage
  • Insurance
    • Basic insurance is minimal
    • Declared value protects against loss / Full value insurance is usually quite expensive / Loss to customer is uninsurable
    • Claims take months to settle
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Planning Your Air Shipment

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  • Documentation
    • Anything other than the Air Waybill is your responsibility
    • Correct documentation is particularly critical on international shipments
    • Are you a known shipper?
  • Other
    • We could go on and on with various contingencies

our sage advice?

use a freight forwarder
Use a Freight Forwarder

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  • They know the system
  • They negotiate the best rates & schedules
  • They monitor shipments
  • They get more respect from the airlines than you ever will
  • In short - “They are pros”

In Alaska there are a number of freight forwarders that specialize in seafood. They ship millions of pounds each year, and they live by their reputations.

shipping frozen
Shipping Frozen

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SAME BASIC CARE AS WITH FRESH

  • Sturdy Insulated Boxes: Really a must with frozen shipments. Full “styros” with well fitted corrugated “outer” is best
  • Deep Freeze Before Packing: Make sure the fish is as cold as possible – minimum -5°F / -22°F (-30°C) is better
  • Gel Ice: Use lots! Must also be deep frozen & leak free
  • Dry Ice: Can be very good…but pricey. Shippers have limits on how much you can use, so check in advance
  • “KEEP FROZEN” Labeling: Use lots of labels!
  • Freezers Enroute: Verify that freezers are available at every stop and point of plane change. Make sure they are adequate to take your shipment if need be.
shipping by truck
Shipping by Truck

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Did you know that as much fresh fish now leaves Alaska by truck as by air?

  • Volume: Well over 20 million pounds of Alaska seafood goes to the Lower ’48 on trucks
  • What Species?: “Sturdy” fish like halibut stand up well in trucking, but lots of fresh salmon gets trucked too
  • Good Rates: “Back haul” from Alaska is much cheaper than air
  • Reliable: Unlike aircraft, “refer” trucks have reliable temperature control systems for either chilled or frozen freight
  • Speed: Can be surprisingly competitive with air depending on destination & when all stops, and potential delays are considered
  • Check with your Forwarder: Trucking may be right for you.
and remember what grandma says
And Remember What Grandma Says

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  • KEEP IT COOL
  • KEEP IT CLEAN
  • KEEP IT MOVING
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Quentin Fong,Seafood Marketing Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and Kodiak Fishery Industrial Technology Center, School of Fisheries and Ocean Science, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Greg Fisk, SeaFisk Consulting

Glenn Haight, Seafood Business Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Charlie Sparks, Associate Professor, School of Business Management, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

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Credits

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Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Glenn Haight

Fisheries Business Specialist1108 F Street, Suite 215

Juneau, Alaska 99801Phone: (907) 796-6046Fax: (907) 796-6301

E-mail: glenn.haight@uaf.edu

Main Office / Anchorage

1007 West 3rd Ave, Suite 100Anchorage, AK 99501Phone: (907) 274-9691Fax: (907) 277-5242E-mail: map@sfos.uaf.edu