Summer brings higher temperatures everywhere, especially inside a truck trailer. Did you know that the inside of a truck trailer that is not temperature-controlled can be over 30 ˚F higher than the temperature outside? So, for example, if it’s 90 ˚F here in Miami, the temperature inside a container can climb up to a scorching 120 ˚F.
It’s no wonder then that summer brings an increased demand for refrigerated trailers (also known in the industry as “reefers”) that keep temperatures cold and steady. This not only applies to shippers of highly perishable cargo such as produce who pretty much rely on refrigerated containers year-long. If you ship pharmaceuticals, chemicals, or any kind of cargo that can be damaged by fluctuations in temperature, refrigerated containers can be a must, especially in this time of the year, to ensure your shipment reaches its destination safely. Even cargo that can usually be transported in a dry van during cooler months can benefit from temperature control during the summer.
As a shipper, relying on a reputable 3PL for your refrigerated loads makes sense. Reefers are very expensive and managing a refrigeration system and cold supply chain on your own can be a complicated, high-maintenance, and time-consuming process. Containers need to be pre-cooled, temperatures need to be constantly monitored, refrigeration units need to be serviced. You get the idea. So, when considering a 3PL for your temperature-sensitive shipments, make sure that its carriers are properly trained and certified in temperature-controlled shipping. Only this way can you rest assured that your shipment will get to its destination in top condition, no matter how hot it is outside.
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Content Creator: Pablo Torres