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Refrigerated Transport: An Introduction

This article provides an introduction to refrigerated transport services. Read on to find out the answer to some common questions you may have if you have not used this type of service before.

What are the benefits of using refrigerated transport for my business?

The main benefit is that it ensures the goods are transported at an appropriate temperature, preventing spoilage and increasing efficiency. This is why many retailers rely on refrigerated trucks to maintain optimal food quality during distribution, while manufacturers may use them to ensure pharmaceuticals or other sensitive materials are appropriately stored in transit to avoid damage.

How does refrigerated transport work?

Typically the transportation unit will be fitted with specialised insulation designed to keep out external heat. The engine cooling system is the primary source of heat generation, and it will be isolated from the load area to prevent any spillover. The refrigeration unit cools the air inside the trailer and keeps products fresh.

What should I expect during the transportation process — from pickup to delivery at my final destination?

For comprehensive refrigerated transport services, you should expect the following:

Your shipment will be picked up by a company offering refrigerated transport. This can be done on your premises or at a nearby depot; the driver will make an appointment with you to discuss its details and schedule.

Goods will be loaded onto the truck and secured in place. They will check you have packed your goods properly. Over-packing is common and can lead to temperature fluctuations, which can spoil food or damage materials needing a precise environment — so be sure not to over-stack pallets/crates, etc., and follow any instructions provided by your carrier. Next, the driver will seal the truck's doors, and the refrigerated unit will keep the truck's interior chilled to the required temperature.

The transport company will then deliver your goods to their final destination, whether that's another storage unit in your warehouse, a distribution centre for onward delivery to one of your depots, etc. Be sure to provide the transport company with all relevant documentation, including proof of ownership. Doing so will avoid any delays or problems on either end of the journey and make it easier for customs agents if necessary.

If you want to find out more, you should contact a transportation company today. A member of the team will be happy to answer any other questions you have.

For more information on refrigerated transport, contact a company near you.