A Guide On Refrigerated Transport

Posted on: 9 September 2021

Supposing you are in the food or agricultural industry, one of your greatest challenges would be getting your products to the market. Foods are perishable products. Slight temperature variations or mishaps during transportation could lead to product spoilage. The best way to overcome these challenges is to consider refrigerated transport. It is a solution that enables you to control temperature and get rid of time limits when transporting perishables. The extract below details how to transport your products using refrigerated transport solutions. 

Finding A Suitable Transportation Partner

Although there are no laws barring you from buying your cold transport vehicle, you would greatly benefit from the services of a refrigerated transport company. Refrigerated trucks are an expensive investment that could significantly lower your firm's operating capital. Besides, you may not have the technical know-how of how to conduct refrigerated transport. Conversely, refrigerated transport companies have experienced staff and state-of-the-art trucks to transport your perishables to all corners of the country. Additionally, the companies will offer extra services such as cold storage, packaging and branding. Below are some tips to consider when hiring a refrigerated transport company: 

  • Thoroughly assess the company's specialisation. For instance, when transporting seafood, you need a company that transports similar products.
  • Examine the transportation trucks and make sure that the cooling units will work for your products.
  • The company should have a responsive and highly knowledgeable customer service department capable of tracking your products and providing regular updates regarding their location and current temperatures.
  • What extra services can the company offer? For example, you could need bonded cold storage when shipping your products abroad. 

Preparing Your Products

Proper preparation prevents product spoilage during haulage. Agricultural products, for instance, should be cleaned and sorted before transport. Remember, one spoilt item could damage the whole shipment. Do not mix your products. Additionally, conduct due diligence to establish the shipping temperatures of your various products. For instance, meats should be transported in colder temperatures than fruits. When transporting items in less-than-truckload (LTL), ask the transportation company to provide trucks with compartments. 

Cold Chain Management

Cold chain management refers to how products are handled from their point of origin to the destination. The refrigerated transport company must clean and disinfect the refrigerated container before loading your products. Besides, they must monitor the temperatures and adjust them appropriately. For instance, they might need to increase the temperatures if the truck makes regular stops. The transport crew must document the condition of the products at regular intervals. It is a sure way to prevent spoilage along the way.