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Atlanta Coolers

Atlanta Coolers

This service is for Atlanta inbound and outbound international perishable cargo ONLY.

All international perishables transiting the Atlanta station will be able to utilize our new cooler facility.

Four coolers are available, ranging from 33oF to 59oF:

Cooler #1 33oF/1oC
Cooler #2 38oF/3oC
Cooler #3 45oF/7oC
Cooler #4 59oF/13oC


Currently, Delta Cargo is unable to accommodate storage of frozen items, any products requiring quick-chill treatment, or fumigation.

Shipments should not be kept in the coolers more than 24 hours unless for extensive customs hold or extenuating circumstances.

Wet ice is prohibited.


For booking using specific commodities refer to:



International perishable shipments originating in our ATL hub must be taken to the international cargo facility for acceptance processing.

Shipments terminating in Atlanta can be picked up at the International Cargo facility as well.


Shipper is responsible for packing to withstand a total transit time of at least 72 hours internationally, out of refrigeration. Transit time begins at normal tender time at the originating city and ends at the time of consignee notification of the shipment’s arrival.

Use the right amount coolant for the transit time.  Place coolants on the bottom and top.

Resistance to external puncture is critical.

Bands must not cut containers.

Minimize the time between packing and shipment.

Use all appropriate labels.


A typed International (PDF) AWB must accompany each shipment.

Shipments must be clearly labeled as perishable.
Each piece of the shipment must be legibly and durably marked with the name and address of the shipper and consignee.

Please ensure all shipments comply with local government regulations, including any other necessary documentation that may be required, based on the commodity being shipped.


Dry ice transforms into CO2 and can displace oxygen in enclosed places. It is classified as "dangerous goods", for air transport and is subject to separate government regulations. You are responsible for compliance with those regulations.

All international shipments must follow IATA Rules for shipping.

Federal Excise Tax (FET): An Overview

Delta Cargo applies the Federal Excise Tax (FET) for U.S. domestic shipments as regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is based on the chargeable weight of the shipment, the valuation charges declared on the Air Waybill and the following fees:

  • Fuel Surcharge
  • Security Surcharge
  • Dry Ice (Dangerous Goods) Fee
  • Restricted Article Fee


FET is calculated at 6.25% on shipments sent by air within the Continental U.S. However, the application of the percentage, as stipulated by the IRS, changes for freight flown between the Continental U.S. and points in Alaska and Hawaii.

Should you have additional questions, please contact your Strategic Partner Manager or Sales Account Manager. If you have billing inquiries, please contact