It is illegal to ship produce internationally unless you have a specific license. It is, however, legal to ship some fruits state to state within the United States. Unfortunately, the wide biodiversity of the United States makes it so that every state has its own regulations concerning what fruits and vegetables can be shipped and received due to the possibility of transferring unwanted species. Before sending fresh fruit, you must verify the state specific regulations in your state as well as in the receiving state.
Things You'll Need
- Packaging box
- Shipping padding
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Contact the state department of agriculture to obtain the list of prohibited fruits. Access the information database online of your specific state's department of agriculture website before calling the help center. Shipping a prohibited item can result in a hefty fine. Also inquire about local shipping regulations at your local post office.
Select appropriate fruits for shipping. Hard-skinned fruits such as apples, pears, grapefruits, lemons, oranges, cherries and apricots work best for shipping as they tend to bruise less. Soft fruits such as peaches and plums can be sent, though extra packaging care must be taken. Select fruits that are slightly under-ripe and are free of any gashes and brown spots.
Package the fruits for shipping. Wooden crates are the preferred method for shipping delicate fruits; however, a cardboard shipping box can be used as long as sufficient padding is used. Wrap each fruit individually in brown packaging paper or tissue paper before placing it in the crate or box. Line the box with bubble wrap, air packs, plastic peanuts or packaging foam; the more padding, the more likely your fruits will end up whole and fresh at their destination.
Send the box via the fastest method available. Overnight shipping is ideal, but two- to three-day shipping is possible if you are shipping hard fruits. Ship on Monday to avoid any possibilities of weekend stall. If it is summer or you are in or shipping to a hot region, overnight delivery is the most appropriate.