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Benefits Of Temperature Controlled Shipping: Keeping it Cool

January 5, 2023
 By Jacob Lee
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Benefits Of Temperature Controlled Shipping: Keeping it Cool
Last Modified: November 16, 2023
Many shippers view temperature controlled shipping as a necessity. However, this shipping service provides many unique benefits to the goods it’s mean to transport.

The benefits of temperature controlled shipping are so vast, that they’re hard to ignore. Even goods that don’t need to be refrigerated can receive some benefit from being frozen while they’re in transit. While this service is essential for perishable goods, you should also know the benefits that you can reap when you use it.  

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), items like pharmaceuticals need to be transported in a temperature controlled environment. Other benefits are that it:

  • Prevents spoilage
  • Keeps products fresh
  • Adheres to regulations
  • Fulfilling demand
  • Trained professionals

These benefits make shipping perishable goods much easier.

We’ll explain the benefits of temperature controlled shipping and other aspects of using this great shipping service. 

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What Goods Can Be Shipped Using Refrigerated Shipping?

Most people assume that refrigerated shipping applies mainly to food products. In reality, there are plenty of sensitive goods out there that require refrigerated truck shipping to get them from one destination to the next. 

Some goods that need to be kept at a specific temperature while in transit include the following:

  • Animal foods
  • Pharmaceuticals (both for humans and animals)
  • Beauty products
  • Flowers
  • Candles

While it might come across as obvious that animal foods require temperature control while in transit, some of the other products might not be so obvious. Pharmaceuticals have to be kept cold because warm temperatures can corrupt the ingredients they’re made out of. This could cause hazardous effects to those using the medications.  

Beauty goods are temperature sensitive products as well because warm temperatures can cause them to go bad. Lastly, the warm environment of a dry van trailer can cause candles to melt and flowers to die. By using temperature controlled transportation for sensitive goods and perishable items, you’ll ensure that your goods arrive at their destination in excellent condition.

Our article on cold chain in agriculture will show you the agricultural benefits of temperature controlled shipping.

Apples receiving the benefits of temperature controlled shipping in a crate at a warehouse

What Are the Benefits Of Cold Chain Management Shipping?

Cold supply chain management is a great option to use when you need to transport temperature sensitive items. Below, we’ve outlined some of the key benefits that you’ll enjoy when you use this transportation option. 

Prevents Spoilage

Probably one of the most important features of temperature controlled shipping is that it keeps your goods from going bad. While not all refrigerated goods are in danger of expiring, there are plenty of them that are. 

Some of the goods that are susceptible to spoiling include:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Meats 
  • Medicines 

It’s essential that products like these are transported using temperature controlled shipping. Standard dry van trailers have no ventilation and can become extremely hot. Goods like the ones listed are susceptible to hot temperatures, thus making refrigerated shipping a necessity. 

Keeps Products Fresh

Another advantage of cold chain management shipping is that your goods will not only be consumable after arriving at their destination, but they’ll also be fresh as well. When food is frozen, the microbes within the food become dormant and the growth of microorganisms is prevented. 

This is what allows frozen foods like fruits and vegetables to maintain a fresh smell and taste. Shippers can also choose to keep items chilled rather than frozen, which still extends the life of the product.

Learn more about transporting fruits and vegetables in our article on how to ship fresh produce.

Adheres To Regulations

For some perishable goods, refrigerated shipping is a requirement enforced by the FDA. Within Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, you’ll find various regulations about temperature control requirements for various pharmaceuticals and biologics. Thanks to temperature control shipping, you’ll have to ability to ship your pharmaceuticals or biologics at the temperature that the FDA requires. 

Fulfilling Demand

All of the refrigerated goods that we’ve listed are commonly used products that are in high demand. For example, prescription drugs are used by people all over the U.S. to help treat their ailments and sicknesses. 

When it comes to produce shipping, certain types of fruits and vegetables have different harvest seasons. 

To show what we mean, we’ve listed a variety of fruits and vegetables and their respective harvest seasons in North America.

  • Spring
    • Asparagus
    • Fava beans
    • Apricots
    • Mango
    • Pineapple 
  • Summer
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries
    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumber
    • Broccoli 
  • Fall
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Garlic
    • Mushrooms
    • Potatoes 
  • Winter
    • Grapefruit
    • Chestnuts
    • Oranges
    • Kale
    • Radishes

Due to the demand for temperature sensitive goods like the ones we’ve listed, there will always be a need to transport them while maintaining safe conditions. Temperature controlled shipping will help you send your goods to business owners across the country to fulfill that demand.

Trained Professionals

Given the fragile nature of perishable goods, it’s important that they’re handled with care. Fortunately, most refrigerated carriers have truckers and staff with the proper knowledge and training to ship these types of goods. Many refrigerated truck drivers have previous experience working for other carriers as well. 

Check out our article on the pharmaceutical temperature controlled transport process to discover how temperature control shipping will protect these delicate goods.

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How To Pick The Right Reefer Trailer

Temperature controlled shipping has many benefits, but you won’t be able to reap any of them unless the trailer transporting your goods is cold enough. Some reefer trailers are designed to maintain one temperature, while others are able to accommodate different temperature zones.

Most reefer trailers can provide a cold environment between -13 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. That said, some reefers have the capability of being as cold as -85 degrees Fahrenheit as well. This wide range of temperatures is able to accommodate all of the cold chain temperature standards. These standards are temperature ranges that specific goods have to be kept at. 

These ranges are:

  • Deep Freeze (-28 to -30 degrees Celsius) is used for:
    • Seafood
    • Meat exports
  • Frozen (-16 to -20 degrees Celsius) is used for:
    • meat products
  • Chill (2 to 4 degrees Celsius)is used for:
    • Fruits
    • Veggies
    • Fresh meat 
    • Specific types of dairy products
  • Pharma (2 to 8 degrees Celsius)is used for:
    • Medicines
    • Vaccines 
  • Cold-chain (12 to 14 degrees Celsius) is used for:
    • Fresh produce
    • Processed food
    • Over-the-counter drugs

You’ve probably noticed that the temperature range we listed for reefer trailers is in Fahrenheit while the temperature standards are in Celsius. However, you are likely to encounter both depending on the industry. We’ve provided a breakdown of equivalent temperatures for you here. 

Cold Chain Temperature Standards In Celsius and Fahrenheit

Temperature Standard NameTemperature Standard In CelsiusTemperature Standard In Fahrenheit
Deep Freeze-28 to -30-18.4 to -22
Frozen-16 to -203.2 to -4
Chill2 to 435.6 to 39.2
Pharma2 to 835.6 to 46.4
Cold-Chain12 to 1453.6 to 57.2

As you can see, a reefer trailer will be more than able to accommodate any temperature sensitive items that you need to ship. With this in mind, you need to communicate to the carrier your wish to use what temperature your perishable goods need to stay at. From there, you’ll be able to determine if they provided shipping at your requested temperature. 

Learn about how temperature controlled shipping will improve your flower cold chain logistics.

Reap the Benefits Of Temperature Controlled Shipping With USA Refrigerated Shipping

At USA Refrigerated Shipping, you can trust us to deliver your perishable goods efficiently and safely. Our truck drivers and staff are the most skilled and well-trained in the business. They’ll handle your goods with care and ensure that they remain in a refrigerated environment. 

Additionally, we can transport just about any temperature sensitive item, regardless of how cold it must be kept. 

We commonly ship commodities such as:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Flowers
  • Fresh Produce

If you’re ready to reap the benefits of temperature controlled shipping, then fill out a risk-free quote request today or call our team at (866) 849-2713 for more information.  

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