Summer is approaching quickly and that means prime time for refrigerated freight. Truck drivers are transporting fresh produce, meat, and ice cream for those hot days and summer BBQ’s. It is important that you transport refrigerated freight correctly because you want the products to stay fresh and as cold as they need to be. Here are some tips for transporting refrigerated freight.
A simple temperature probe is very inexpensive and can go a long way when transporting refrigerated freight. You should use it to verify what the product temperature is before it is loaded onto the truck. You can also check the trailer temperature periodically during your trip when you make rest stops to make sure it’s staying consistent. If the load is sealed off, you can check the vent door or drain hole temperature.
It is a good idea to double check that the customer’s instructions align with what’s on the bill of lading (receipt for freight services). If you come across any differences or inconsistencies, make sure to discuss it with the customer before you leave the loading dock. It may also be a good idea to have the discrepancies in writing so that you have proof if necessary.
You want to make sure your equipment is in good shape before transporting anything. A faulty refrigeration system in the truck can be devastating if you are shipping a large quantity of refrigerated freight. Even something as small as a loose piece should be fixed before you transport anything. Check the temperature settings, door seals, any all other parts before, during, and after shipping loads.
Never Cut the Seal
Most food related freight will have a seal on it that is required from the shipper. If your load has a seal, be sure not to cut it or mess with it at all. The person who is receiving the freight can do that. Leaving the seal intact shows that the products haven’t been tampered with in any way. As mentioned in the “temperature probe” section, there are ways to check the temperature without touching the freight at all.
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