Perishable goods (such as fruits, flowers, and vegetables) were among the first commodities carried by air. However, such goods deteriorate over time and under extreme temperatures and humidity, and must thus be handled with particular care.

With years of operating experience, airlines have developed effective handling techniques for chilled and frozen products, providing shippers with optimum, cost-efficient packaging methods.

From the field through cool chain

Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR)

The Perishable Cargo Regulations manual is an essential reference guide for all parties involved in the packaging and handling of temperature-sensitive products. The manual is endorsed by the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB) and underpinned by the expertise of major airlines and scientific data supplied by research institutions.

In response to the pharmaceutical industry's need and request for a standalone regulation, all content related to the transport and handling of pharmaceutical products was extracted from the Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR), into the standalone specialized publication Temperature Control Regulations (TCR). Therefore, the 16th edition extracted all content related the PCR into the standalone TCR.

2022 UPDATES: IATA Manuals include all necessary information about new regulations taking effect as of January 1, 2022 and how they impact the shipment and handling of air cargo. Learn more

Perishable shipping training

The Shipping Perishable Cargo course provides professionals with a detailed insight into both the handling of perishable cargo and the practical knowledge of the most up-to-date regulations.