You've come to the right place. We employ state-of-the-art equipment to transport such perishable cargo such as produce, seafood, floral products, fruits, berries and live tropical fish. However, since these items are typically sensitive to temperature extremes, there may be occasions where the transit times you are trying to meet may prevent your shipment from being accepted. For your package's safety, we have certain requirements in place to help ensure the freshness of your shipment, not to mention protect aircraft from damage caused by leaking boxes or shipping containers.
To comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), please register all foreign and domestic food facilities and provide prior notice of "shipments of human and animal food being imported or offered for import into the U.S."
We encourage you to comply with all governmental regulations. It may minimize delays in clearing your shipment for travel.
Register and find more information on the FDA's website.
Exclusive to our Miami Hub, American Airlines Cool Perishables provides pre-cooling, confirmed cooler space and expedited USDA and U.S. Customs clearances for fresh shipments on-site. The program provides:
For more information, please contact your local American Airlines Cargo Sales Manager or the American Airlines Customer Service Center in MIA at (305) 870-4848.
Preparation is key. Please pack your perishable cargo to withstand:
Please do not use Styrofoam outer packaging - in most cases, it is not allowed. See Packaging Requirements for more details.
When shipping fresh seafood, please follow general packaging guidelines for perishables, as well as these:
When shipping live seafood, please follow general and fresh seafood packaging guidelines for perishables, as well as these:
Some of our major cargo terminals have refrigeration available to store perishables during the shipping process. This feature is offered on a "first come, first served" basis, and may not always be available. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee refrigeration. We highly recommend planning for your perishable shipment to arrive at its final destination while the terminal is open. See Facility Information for more details.