For perishable shipments like seafood, fruit, flowers and berries, time and temperature are of the essence. That's why we employ state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the freshness of your shipment from origin to destination.
On top of the temperature-controlled containers and refrigeration facilities we have throughout our network, our team actively monitors flight times and temperatures along the way to make sure these sensitive shipments get delivered fresh off the plane.
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.
For your package's safety, we have certain requirements in place to help ensure the freshness of your shipment and to protect aircraft from damage caused by leaking boxes or shipping containers.
Please do not use Styrofoam outer packaging. It is not allowed in most cases. See Packaging Requirements for more details.
Preparation is key. Please pack your perishable cargo to withstand the journey.
On top of general perishable packing guidelines, fresh seafood requires extra care.
When shipping live seafood, please follow general and fresh seafood packaging guidelines for perishables, as well as these.
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.
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. Check your detination facility information for more details.