Tropical Products Transport Handbook

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This handbook takes a broad approach to maintenance of quality of fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers during transportation. In that regard, proper planning, grading, packaging, and precooling practices are emphasized as these are particularly important for crops shipped long distances from areas with tropical and subtropical climates. The handbook also discusses the choice of mode of transportation, checking the transport equipment before loading, loading practices, and recommended transit and storage procedures. A summary of facts and recommendations is given for 120 fruits and vegetables, most of these being tropical in origin. Specific information also given for potted plants, and cut flowers and florist greens.

Brian M. McGregor
USDA Office of Transportation