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Keep Perishables Viable and Sellable with Refrigerated Trucking Services

Refrigerated Trucking ServicesTemperature variations can do serious harm to fresh produce. Other perishable food items also spoil easily when kept in an inhospitable environment. When the quality of a food item degrades, it causes companies huge losses in profits. Today, refrigeration extends the viability and shelf life of perishable items. Freezers and refrigerators keep these items in good condition for storage at a specific location.

However, transporting them is another issue altogether.

Keeping it cool

How do manufacturers and suppliers of perishable goods ensure their products move through the supply chain with their integrity intact?

Moving a shipment of perishable items can be a logistical nightmare. Fortunately, frozen freight trucking services make life easier for everyone. Everything can be done smoothly, in a timely manner, and without loss of profits. Food products are not the only consumer items compromised due to temperature fluctuations during transport from one location to another. Medical supplies and certain equipment also require cold storage in transit. The “cold chain” is the key to an efficient transportation of temperature-sensitive products.

Interstate transport options

If you need to freight goods out of state, you have three choices. These are flatbed trucks, dry van shipping, and refrigerated freight.

Flatbed trucking transport is ideal for irregularly shaped goods, as well as oversized goods. Because they are open, they allow for easier loading and unloading. Dry van shipping involves the use of a cold compartment or containers attached to trucks. The first two options are not temperature-controlled. You still have a third option if the goods require a temperature-controlled environment. “Less-than-truckload” freight, or refrigerated LTL, is a means of transporting perishables especially designed for refrigerated or frozen products. This method makes it easier and more effective to move perishable goods.

Perishable goods are usually transported via air, sea, or land. On the roads and highways of the United States, refrigerated railcars and trucks en route to their destination are a common occurrence. Many industries are dependent on the cold chain network to deliver products to end users.