Shipping Food and Beverages by Truck (Ground Freight)
Amazingly, more than 70 percent of all U.S. freight travels by truck. A number of these shipments are perishable goods transported in refrigerated, or temperature controlled trucks. Examples of these perishable goods include shipping fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, seafood and other products that require refrigeration or frozen storage. The demand for cold storage transit is growing around the world. However, coordinating logistics of shipping food is no simple task. Ensuring products stay as fresh as possible, reaching customers before the shelf life runs out is paramount. Here are some tips to help with your next temperature and time sensitive delivery.
Timing is Everything
When it comes to shipping perishable food and beverages, whether it’s by truck or van, the clock is always ticking. Fresh produce often spends half of its shelf life in transit, which means the risk of delays puts precious food cargo in jeopardy. Source a carrier with experience in cold storage transportation with the appropriate storage capabilities, and reliable service. When cross border shipping from the US to Canada, ensure that your paper work is complete and accurate in order to clear customs. Also, look for ways to optimize shipping routes for the most direct and time-efficient delivery schedule.
Quality Control and Efficiency
The emphasis on quality and freshness in today’s competitive market makes shipping within Canada, across the US, or across borders, all the more arduous. Utilizing technology such as apps that notify the grocery retailer when the driver is in close proximity, allows staff to prepare for the delivery, increasing efficiency and loading process. Staying on top of the budget is equally important, which is why shipping costs can sometimes be reduced by streamlining orders making use of multi-cell trailers that have insulated partitions to store varied cold or frozen cargo in one shipment. In addition, sensor technology attached to cargo pallets, inside truck trailers, allows alerts to be sent to the driver if there are changes in temperature that could hinder the shipment.
More Information and Logistical Support
The most comprehensive and up-to-date information can be found in the Perishable Cargo Regulations CPR manual. It contains the worldwide standards regarding the packing, handling and transport of perishable goods and shipping food. If you are looking for logistics management of your cold chain supply, seek out a seasoned and customer-focused freight broker or third party logistics company to manage these time sensitive deliveries.