Perishable Mail - Shipping Limitations | Overview

Perishable items can be sent by USPS as long as special precautions are taken when packing the shipment.

Perishable items call for particular caution and care. After all, anything that has the ability to deteriorate can not be thrown in any old box with the hopes of a safe delivery. Whether it is grandma’s famous double-fudge cookies or live plants,  you will need to stick to specific guidelines to get them there in the best condition.

Keep in mind, the USPS defines perishable mail as being sent at your own risk. No matter where your item falls under the ‘perishable’ category, its packaging must meet the outlined requirements. The most common perishable items include food, flowers, plants, and live animals.

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