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Advice on Shipping Pharmaceuticals

When you’re shipping pharmaceutical products, there are a host of concerns which present themselves which don’t apply to the vast majority of other types of goods. For instance, the San Francisco delivery services that you use to ship pharmaceuticals need certain licenses and permits in order to be able to move them. Pharmaceutical products are often classed as hazardous, while others are varying classes of controlled substances, all of which have their different requirements for transport. You need to ensure that you have a courier that is legally permitted to move any of these categories of substance which might apply before shipping any pharmaceutical products.

The next thing that you’re going to need to concern yourself with when choosing the right courier to move your goods is that they have the security that is required. Some pharmaceutical products require additional security when shipping them, and you need to make sure that you have a courier company that is capable of providing such.

Another thing that you need to think about when it comes to shipping pharmaceuticals is all the measures that you have to put in place to ensure that these goods are temperature controlled throughout the life of their shipment. There are many pharmaceutical products which have a short half life, and this can be compromised further by heat. This is why all pharmaceutical couriers will have temperature controlled vehicles and storage, but you must think further about the problem that temperature poses.

One thing that is important when it comes to the temperature of these products is the packaging that they are prepared in. The biggest mistake that could be made is to package them in containers which are not suitably insulated. Even the best courier is going to have to carry the packages outside when making a pickup or a delivery, and an uninsulated package will quickly begin to warm up inside, which could be damaging the products. A well insulated container on the other hand should provide ample protection as long as the time spent outside is kept to a minimum.

The packaging isn’t just important for insulation purposes. Another thing that should be though about when packing these types of shipments is how secure and durable the containers are. If the vehicle should be in a package, or even if packages were dropped, you do not want these types of products in any containers which might shatter or spill the contents.

Orlando is a consultant for san francisco courier service and bay area process service companies as well as national courier service businesses.