How to Ship Fruits & Vegetables


Shipping Fruits and Vegetables

Shipping grapefruits in the middle of summer or apricots in the dead of winter can be successful.

Follow these steps to ensure your products reach their destination in perfect condition.

  • Step-by-Step to Ship Fruits & Vegetables:
    1. Select fruits that are sturdy enough to endure shipping. Those with hard skins (apples, pears, citrus, apricots, and cherries) are good travelers. Softer fruits (plums and peaches) will only arrive safely with extra packaging and careful handling. Avoid berries and other fragile fruits.
    2. Choose perfect fruit (no bruises, brown spots or damage) that is slightly under-ripe.
    3. Determine the best shipping box. Wooden crates are preferred for fragile fruit but corrugated boxes are fine if enough padding is used. Choose a box large enough to include the padding needed to protect the food from mishandling and temperature changes.
    4. Prepare the box by lining it with an InsulTote insulated bubble wrap box liner; this product acts as a heat deflector and insulator (InsulTote offers many sizes of box liners with no minimum order required).
    5. Wrap each fruit individually in tissue or brown packaging paper and place it in a single layer on top of the prepared insulated bubble wrap. Add packing peanuts to fill in any gaps. Then place a box liner sheet on top of the fruit.
    6. Continue layering fruit and InsulTote box liners until the box is completely full. More padding decreases the chance that your product will be damaged in transit.
    7. Ship the box overnight if possible. Depending on the weather, sturdy fruits will stand up to 2 – 3 day shipping. Plan to ship early in the week to avoid your package waiting in transit over the weekend.

Note: Know the laws regarding interstate shipments and prohibited fruits. Contact the Department of Agriculture in the state(s) where you plan to ship. Look online for the specific state; most websites will also list a help line. Your local post office is a source of information as well. Ignore this step and risk paying large fines for shipping prohibited produce, plants and other items!

Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on shipping flowers, herbs and plants. Visit for your insulated packaging needs and more shipping solutions.