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Fresh or Frozen

The Refrigerated transportation industry plays a major role in the food at the grocery store. “Reefer trailers,” as the transportation industry calls them are temperature controlled trailers that play a huge role in the transportation puzzle. You specify a temperature, and we deliver with excellence. Anything from refrigerated peanuts that go one your ice cream cone to the corn syrup that is used for a variety of products. RCT has moved plenty of refrigerated and frozen goods to be your one-stop shop expert in the refrigerated transport market. Call us today for a free refrigerated transport quote!

Timely and Safe

With produce season, it is all about timing. Around the country, different produce seasons happen all the time. The short window for getting your produce from farm to fridge is narrow. RCT understands that and delivers on promises while maintaining competitive pricing.

Might you be considering Refrigerated transportation for your next shipment? Check out our blog for more information or to receive help managing your shipments and selecting the best methods, contact RC Transport by phone, 763-572-3788

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What is Refrigerated Transportation?

When you are shipping foods and products that require a temperature-controlled means of transport, you need a refrigerated trailer. All products that are shipped through refrigerated transportation services are kept in their pre-shipped state by a built-in refrigeration system that is used on all of the trailer units hauling the foods and products.

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Refrigerated Transportation best practices.

  • Identify shipping needs: Not all items are equal as far as temperature stability requirements are concerned. Distinguish perishable items from those that are not. Examples of perishable items (include, but are not limited to): pharmaceuticals, seafood, dairy, plants, meat, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Load quickly: Since the freight being shipped is temperature sensitive it is important to have it ready to load quickly. If the loading takes to long the product can be damaged or ruined. Although time is of the essence, it’s important to remember to load and secure the shipment properly.

 

  • Monitor the shipment: While the shipment is in transit, the driver is responsible for the well-being of the freight. Refrigerated trailers come equipped with a monitor for the cooling system and allow the driver to easily assure the quality and/or safety of the products being shipped.

 

  • Unloading procedures: Much like the loading process, unloading has to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Reefer units are often run during the loading and unloading process, but doing so depends on the shipper or consignee’s rules and preferences.
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Benefits of Refrigerated Transportatipon-

Are you a shipper needing to safely ship temperature-controlled freight shipments? Here are a few reasons why refrigerated transportation can be a great solution for your temperature-controlled shipping needs:

  • Supply and demand: People will always want Fresh products, which will keep demand high. Refrigerated transportation allows trailers to safely haul and transport these products all across the country in a timely manner.

 

  • Protection: The protection of the products and materials is considered the greatest asset of refrigerated transportation. Due to the nature and sensitivity of the products being transported, the trailer itself is better equipped to protect against spoilage, damage (from temperature changes), and varying weather conditions.

 

  • Wide variety: Refrigerated transportation can be used for many products in addition to foods that require temperature control. Plants, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products are some of the other commonly transported goods that rely on refrigerated trucking.

Common Refrigerated Transportation questions.

  • Does refrigerated transportation allow for LTL shipping? Absolutely. LTL shipping is actually a very common practice within refrigerated transportation as temperature-controlled LTL services are covered throughout most of North America.
  • Is it ok to use reefer trailers to ship goods that don’t need to be temperature controlled? Yes, reefer trailers work just fine for transporting goods that don’t require cooling temperatures, and it is actually a very common practice.

 

  • Do temperature-controlled goods have to be packaged differently? Due to the temperature requirements and delicate state of the goods, proper packaging is very important. If you’re ever unsure about packaging requirements, refer back to the shipping guidelines for complete instructions.

 

  • Can frozen items be shipped through refrigerated transportation? Yes. Gel coolants and dry ice are often used to support shipping extra sensitive temperature-controlled goods.
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