Temperature controlled freight shipping is the transportation of climate-sensitive goods. These goods range from fresh produce, flowers, chocolate to many other products that must be kept at a specific temperature to remain in perfect condition. Goods of this nature require specialized storage to maintain the needed temperature. The best step to take is to work with freight service companies that can provide you with diverse temperature controlled transportation and guide you all through the process.

It is necessary to plan when engaging in this form of transportation effectively. There is the need to prioritize sensitive and valued shipments. This is done by identifying the constraints of packaging by selecting a reliable shipping service.


Prioritizing Temperature Sensitivity and Value of Goods

Recognizing the need for this priority shipping is the first step in achieving an efficient and profitable logistics. Items vary regarding their need for stable temperature, speed, and security need. It is important to identify items that are perishable from others. Less sensitive items can be handled with standard shipping options while tailored logistic is the best fit for high-value items.

What is a perishable item?

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a perishable shipment is such that its content will deteriorate over a period if exposed to extreme environmental conditions. This may occur due to temperature and humidity change. Examples of such goods include seafood, dairy, meat, vegetables, fruits and pharmaceuticals (not limited to these).

Temperature controlled freight shipping perishable items

Perishable foods need to be kept at a certain temperature to prevent any bacteria growth.

Packaging limitations

Two factors make refrigerated trucks different from other trucks. First, the insulating walls of the truck reduce the standard space of the truck. The second factor is the payload capacity is also reduced by the weight of the refrigerating unit on the truck.

Temperature guidelines should be well sorted with carriers from the origin all through to the destination. This will address parameters used, acceptable temperature range and unit (Fahrenheit or Celsius).

Highly temperature-sensitive items need to be kept in temperature controlled docks pending the time truck is ready to move. The driver needs to be instructed to keep doors closed until there is a need to offload to maintain the required temperature throughout.

Best packaging

Insulating your good against heat transfer is recommended, and this is done by using a material such as rigid polyurethane foam, reflective materials like radiant barrier films and expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam as packaging container walls. Cool temperature-sensitive items can be stored in gel coolant and dry ice. To use dry ice, proper identification, classification, and labeling of goods to meet IATA requirement is compulsory. Dry ice is considered dangerous for air freights, and it requires a special procedure. Frozen items need materials such as cellulose wadding, paper towels or pads to be laid at the bottom of the packaging to absorb the liquid.


Choice of freight service provider

Managing temperature controlled freight has many intricacies that may be burdensome for business owners to manage single-handedly. The choice of the right service provider can help in sharing this load by providing resources and expertise needed. You need to check the competence of service providers to see if it meets your needs. A logistics expert will benefit your business by offering advice from their depth of knowledge in food and beverage. For questions or inquiries in your next shipment, contact Mach 1 Global today where we can connect you with the best carriers for your temperature-controlled products.


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