Fast, reliable perishable shipping is the backbone of the food and flower businesses. The exploding ecommerce market and improvements in perishable logistics means niche products like Scottish seafood or exotic houseplants can be sold online and shipped almost immediately anywhere in the world.

Failures along the cold chain, which can be catastrophic for small businesses, are usually due to improper labelling or poor packaging. The PCR has all the up-to-date, best-practice 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.

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

In the new edition, there are a number of notable changes. Here are a few of the most significant changes:

  • Revisions in line with comments received by the industry and supply chain stakeholders ensuring the right definitions are used and applied
  • Emphasis on risk management in perishables handling in the different areas of the supply chain, while defining the associated processes
  • The PCR will continue to be reviewed over the next years with the aim of enhancing the content further in order to incorporate current industry requirements and recent operational and technological developments


PCR Training

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