Goods are categorized as perishable and nonperishable. They are also categorized as hazardous and nonhazardous. There are prohibited and restricted items. There are items that require special declaration.
Then there are items which don’t get classified under any such category but may still need special handling by an international courier. There may be reasonable restriction on such items which call for special declarations but they may not be hazardous or nonhazardous and perishable or nonperishable. An example is life science products or biomaterials. Certain medical products or devices can also get categorized in this group.
Most biomaterials will get damaged if the stringent needs are not met and such needs demand temperature controlled logistics. Temperature controlled logistics is indeed a solution to exporting medical and life science products but there is more to it than what one would perceive.
- Temperature controlled logistics have been around for a while now. But most international courier companies can only achieve a cold chain, which means that the temperature would be set according to the needs and that would be maintained but what is preset is rather easy to achieve. From 10 degrees Celsius to -10 degrees Celsius and even -35 degrees Celsius is what some courier companies have managed. Life science products or biomaterials require temperatures as low as -150 degrees Celsius. That is not a temperature that any random cold chain or vehicle can achieve. So a parcel to France carrying enzymes or stem cells requires special temperature controlled logistics.
- Temperature is not the only element that has to be controlled. Pressure control is also necessary. In some cases, the packaging or the containers of biomaterials would be sufficient to maintain a certain pressure but there is a need for a certain atmospheric pressure within the larger container. That also has to be attained. Although, attaining the temperature is more difficult as compared to achieving the pressure which is rather easy now.
- One of the biggest challenges of shipping medical and life science products is the need to maintain the temperature and pressure. There can be no fluctuations of any kind. That level of consistence is pretty hard to achieve but some courier companies have managed to come up with such state of the art temperature controlled logistics that the demanding -150 degrees Celsius can be maintained consistently for at least ten days. That is sufficient time for any route to be taken for such shipments.
So if need to use temperature control courier services, you will need to search for a specialist courier service, as this is not a service provided by the main stream courier industry.