Perishable items are agricultural items that will likely spoil during the move if include in the shipment. The length of the move and the season will affect the durability of food. A rule of thumb is that if the food stuffs are unopened and will stay fresh in a kitchen cupboard, then it will stay fresh on the truck for the same period. Items that are always on the perishable/prohibited list are items requiring refrigeration, most fruits and vegetables, and certain grains that are not in sealed packages. Even durable items like wine may spoil if they are overheated in the summer. Arpin of RI recommends that since food is quite heavy, and interstate shipments are billed by the weight (and you’ve already paid for the food once), it is always preferable to use up the food stores before the move and replace the food at the new residence.