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What is Refrigerated Transportation and How is it Changing the World Around Us

by | Sep 8, 2020 | Shipping Services, Specialty Freight

What Is Refrigerated Transportation?

Refrigerated transportation (or reefer freight) is a method for shipping freight that requires special, temperature controlled vehicles. The vehicle transporting the products being shipped has a built-in refrigeration system that keeps products at a desired temperature throughout the transportation process.

The first rudimentary version of refrigerated transportation was born in the 1800s, when cargo transporters would place ice and salt below temperature-sensitive goods in train cars. This process was horribly inefficient and inevitably led to major losses in the value of goods and profitability.

In the 1900s, more efficient modes of refrigerated transportation were developed, and improvements in technology have given us cold chain logistics, which has become a massive industry and continues to grow.

The Benefits Of Refrigerated Transportation

For many product types, refrigerated transportation is not an option, it is an absolute necessity. The benefits of refrigerated transportation are centered around safety, compliance and basic supply and demand.

Shippers of perishable products rely on refrigerated delivery service

The most obvious benefit of refrigerated transportation is that it keeps products from deteriorating and losing their value during the transportation process. This is not only true for food, such as produce, meat and dairy, but also for other sensitive items such as medical products and pharmaceuticals.

A rising demand for fresh perishable goods

Refrigerated transportation allows products in need of temperature-controlled transportation to be moved from point A to point B more quickly and efficiently than alternative modes of transportation. Because of this, items in high-demand, such as fresh meat and seafood, rely on refrigerated transportation.

Refrigerated freight applies to a wide range of product types

When people think of the types of products that necessitate refrigerated freight, the mind goes straight to perishable foods. In truth, refrigerated or temperature-controlled transportation is necessary for many other types of products, ranging from precious art to valuable chemicals and personal care products.

Compliance and regulation in the world of shipping

Recent regulations have made it absolutely imperative for shippers to seek out and implement refrigerated transportation. We will explore this further in the following section.

What Is The State Of The Refrigerated Freight Industry?

The refrigerated transportation industry is booming. In fact, the refrigerated transportation market in the US is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.44 percent from 2014 to 2019.

The market is projected to reach 3.25 billion tons by 2022.

Regulation makes refrigerated delivery service a must

The first is increased scrutiny by the FDA for safe food handling throughout the supply chain from manufacturer to the end user. One of the obvious pieces of the supply chain is temperature controlled vehicles for safe transportation of the product as to maintain freshness and prevent foodborne illness.

In fact, in 2015, the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ruled that transporters of refrigerated freight be required to implement procedures for complying with provisions for temperature control, as well as the way this information would be relayed to both shippers and the end user.

The Act also included stricter requirements for training drivers on temperature management and reporting for each shipment.

The Act has been referred to as “The most comprehensive food transport rule ever imposed on the industry.

Companies which have successfully adapted to these regulations are the most qualified long term partners for shippers seeking to move refrigerated freight.

If you have any need for a refrigerated service do not hesitate to call us at (786)218-7582  or send us a message via messenger here m.me/AZNFrieght, we will be more than happy to assist you. We are located at Hialeah, FL but we serve all territories in USA.

 

Original Article: Winnesota / 2020

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