Fast, reliable perishable shipping is the backbone of the food and flower businesses. The improvements in perishable logistics means sensitive products like seafood or exotic houseplants are handled and transported appropriately to maintain shipment integrity.

Failures along the cold chain, which can be catastrophic for small businesses, are at times due to improper documentation, labelling or poor packaging. The PCR has all the up-to-date, best-practice and guidance information you need to develop loss-minimizing perishable shipping processes.

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English, Spanish and French versions of the PCR are available in digital and print formats. Find out which format suits your needs best.

If you are new to the PCR, all versions are updated annually. Digital products come with automatic updates for the year and a search function that makes finding current information easy. Plus, it's cheaper.

To purchase the 2020 edition of the PCR that is effective until December 31, 2020, visit our online store.

To purchase the 2020 edition of the PCR that is effective until December 31, 2020, visit our online store.

To purchase the 2020 edition of the PCR that is effective until December 31, 2020, visit our online store.

What’s inside the PCR?​

  • Applicability (simplifying business and contractual considerations, shipper and carrier responsibilities, special conditions, compliance)
  • Government regulations (compliance, government regulations and laws, variations by country)
  • Carrier regulations (variations by carrier)
  • Perishable facts and types (types of perishables)
  • Packaging (air shipment requirements, package categories)
  • Perishables operations (quality and risk management, booking, acceptance, cargo and ground operations, delivery)
  • Documentation and labelling (waybill, cargo handling codes, captain notification, marking, labelling)
  • Traceability and tracking (general information, RFID)
  • Claims (types, how to inspect, how to study, check list)
  • CITES (guidelines for live plants, CITES parties, appendices, management authorities by country)
  • Air transport of cut flowers (maintaining quality in ornamentals, factors affecting post-harvest quality, post-harvest management, quality control, air transport logistics)

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Stay up-to-date


The PCR is published every year.

In the 2021 edition, there are a number of notable changes that include:

  • Inclusion of the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for Perishable Logistics
  • New Appendix that contains CEIV FRESH audit checklist and guidelines to allow industry benchmark

PCR Training

You can learn more about Perishable Cargo transport regulations and best practice in three ways.