Seafood

We have the flights, processes and experience to transport your seafood virtually wherever it needs to go. Whether you’re shipping fresh, frozen or live seafood, our temperature-controlled aircraft compartments, refrigerated warehouse storage and special handling will ensure that your shipment arrives at its destination in the optimum condition. To avoid any delay in your seafood shipment, please adhere to the guidelines below.

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Features

  • Airport-to-airport air freight service
  • Flight-specific booking based on shipper-selected flights
  • Interlining available
  • Special handling at all points in routing

Acceptance times

Minimum times (prior to scheduled flight departure) EXP GEN

International shipments

Screened cargo
Gateway locations*

180 min

240 min

Screened cargo
All other locations

120 min

120 min

Unscreened cargo
Gateway locations*

180 min

360 min

Unscreened cargo
All other locations

120 min

120 min

Intra-U.S. shipments

Screened cargo
U.S. hub locations**

120 min

120 min

Screened cargo
All other locations

120 min

120 min

Unscreened cargo
U.S. hub locations**

120 min

240 min

Unscreened cargo
All other locations

120 min

120 min

* The gateway location is the station where the shipment is loaded on an international flight.
** United’s U.S. hub locations are DEN, EWR, IAD, IAH, LAX, ORD and SFO.


Recovery times (after actual flight arrival)

EXP GEN

International shipments

180 min

240 min

Intra-U.S. shipments

120 min

120 min


Shipping requirements

To ensure that the shipping process goes as smoothly as possible, please adhere to the following requirements:

  • Advance arrangements are required.
  • Maximum gross weight is 150 lbs. / 68 kg per unit. Exception: Whole tuna shipping containers (tuna coffins) may exceed 150 lbs per unit. Tuna coffins must meet or exceed the design specifications defined by United Cargo. Please contact your local sales representative for details.
  • Shipper must comply with all local, state, federal and international regulations.
  • Cargo will be inspected to ensure that it complies with TSA security rules and our packaging requirements.
  • Air waybill must include: 24-hour contact name and phone number for shipper and consignee, number of pieces, gross weight and description of the shipment (i.e., fresh, frozen or live; species of seafood or fish) and type of refrigerant used.
  • Each shipping unit must be marked with the name and phone number of the shipper and the name and address of the consignee.
  • Each shipping unit must be marked or labeled “Perishable” and indicate whether its contents are fresh, frozen or live. “This Side Up” or ISO arrows indicating upright position must also be on each unit.

Packaging requirements

  • Gel packs, dry ice, and wet ice are the only acceptable refrigerants. A shipper using wet ice as refrigerant must be pre-validated and comply with specific inner packaging, outer packaging, and ULD packaging requirements as outlined on the Perishable Foodstuff Acceptance Checklist.
  • Seafood must be tendered in durable watertight packaging and packaged to withstand up to 48 hours intra-U.S. transit time and up to 72 hours international transit time.
  • Seafood shipping units must be able to withstand stacking to a height of 56 inches (142 cm) without crumpling.
  • Units must have wax-impregnated or waterproof coating inside or outside.
  • Units must have leak-proof construction with gusseted corners at the top and bottom. Top must extend fully over bottom.
  • A minimum of one 4-mil (or two 2-mil) plastic or polyethylene liner(s) must line the inside of each shipping unit.
  • Absorbent material must be placed between the liner and the inner bag.
  • Seafood (except live seafood) must be completely sealed in one 4-mil (or two 2-mil) bag(s). The inner bag seal must be leak-proof even when tipped or inverted.
  • Fish with sharp claws, fins or projections must be packaged with a corrugated liner so claws, fins or projections do not come into contact with the inner bag.
  • Minimum of two bands must be wrapped around the width of each unit.
  • Styrofoam boxes must be protected by a sturdy fiberboard overpack container.
  • Canisters/buckets must be leak-proof even when tipped or inverted.

Shipper-loaded ULDs

  • Shipments in ULDs must comply with all refrigerant and packaging rules above.
  • ULD must be lined with a polyethylene or plastic liner with absorbent material between the liner and the seafood unit.
  • Shipments in ULDs must be loaded straight with the correct end up.
  • Shipments in ULDs must be able to withstand the weight of any stacking without crumpling, crushing or leaking.