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Perishable Mail: What It Is and Shipping Limitations

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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’t be thrown in any old box with the hopes of a safe delivery. Whether it’s grandma’s famous double-fudge cookies or a dozen chickens, (yes, you can send chickens in the mail) you’ll 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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