Transportation of temperature-controlled goods: fresh, ultra-fresh and frozen
To transport fresh, ultra-fresh or frozen goods, we use “controlled” or “controlled” temperature transport. The aim here is to preserve all foodstuffs considered perishable. For carriers, the main challenge is to comply with all cold chain regulations (to protect consumer health) and maintain all the organoleptic properties of goods (appearance, taste, scent). How can we manage this dual challenge of quality and health? Our answers.
The principles of temperature-controlled transport
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road transport of goods
every time we have to handle perishable products. perishable productsbut also fragile items or those considered “unstable. In every shipment, temperature must be adapted to the nature and specific needs of each product. In addition to keeping goods in good condition, there is also a real health issue to consider: temperature-controlled transport must protect the consumer from the consequences of microbial proliferation, which can lead to contamination and legal action… with a negative impact on the shipper’s finances and brand image!
Contrary to popular belief, transporting fresh or ultra-fresh goods is not just about food. It may be necessary for certain fragile products, mainly in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
Most people think of refrigerated transport when they call on a carrier for temperature-controlled services. However, the latter can also be made taller to transport live animals or flowers, for example.
What the ATP regulations say
All temperature-controlled shipments are governed by the ATP, the Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for such Carriage.
This agreement, which applies on an international scale, not only governs the characteristics of the vehicles used, but also the hygiene standards to be met, the mandatory safety measures and the set temperatures. Since every carrier has an obligation of result when taking over goods, they are held responsible for compliance with all ATP rules.
When transporting fresh, ultra-fresh or frozen goods, the driver must be able to present a certificate of conformity (except for transports of less than 80 km without breaking the load and without opening the doors).
Depending on the type of goods being transported, the temperature must always be adapted: between 2 and 4°C for fresh produce, -20°C for ice cream or -10°C for butter.
At Transports Goëvia, complying with the legal requirements for each type of transport is a simple formality. Our teams, fully trained in these issues, follow the regulations to the letter… and don’t hesitate to take extra precautions whenever they deem it necessary. To meet specific needs on the loader’s side, the carrier can use bi-temperature trucks and even temperature-controlled tankers.
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Are you looking for a road haulage professional capable of handling fragile, fresh or frozen foodstuffs? Choose the right contact!
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