Refrigerated Trucking (Reefer)

What is Refrigerated Trucking?

Refrigerated trucking is a method of shipping that involves using trucks with their own refrigerated system so that temperature-sensitive products can remain at the temperature of their pre-shipped state. This transportation method is also known as reefer and oftentimes is associated with freight shipping.

Parcels traveling through reefer trucking will need to be packaged accordingly. While the trucks do remain cool, for many items you’ll still need to use gell coolants or dry ice to keep your products at the optimal temperature.

When To Use Refrigerated Trucking

Refrigerated trucking is best used when the products you sell need to stay at a certain temperature throughout transit. Raw food, frozen food, ice cream, plants, and medicine, are the most common types of items that use refrigerated.

It is worth noting that you can use refrigerated trucking for products that aren’t necessarily temperature sensitive. You also have the ability to ship Less than Truckload (LTL) with this method.

Although, the best time to use reefer shipping is when you’re shipping temperature-sensitive items in bulk. Parcel carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and USPS, don’t offer refrigerated trucking. Instead, large freight trucks offer this service so you’ll need to be aware of how much you plan on shipping before considering this service.

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