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Shipping Frozen Goods: Reefer Freight

As summer winds down, it always seems like the season saves its worst heat for the end. This can make shipping things that need to be climate controlled more of a challenge than usual. If you need to move a large amount of frozen goods by freight, you might be wondering how it is done. After you get all of your items packed to go by industrial packing experts at Cratex, you will need to find yourself a freight carrier to handle the shipment. Here is what reefer freight is and the information that you need to provide to your freight carrier when you are shipping frozen goods.


Reefer Freight

Reefer is the common term used in the shipping industry for a climate controlled, or refrigerated (reefer), container. Reefer shipping is available in just about any freight mode you wish to use, from trains to container ship. Unless you are going overseas, most reefer freight is moved by truck. Choosing the right reefer carrier can be the difference between successfully shipping frozen goods and an unusable product delivered on the other end.


What Is the Ideal Temperature?

The first thing you need to know when starting to look for a carrier for your shipment is what temperature that your freight is going to need to be kept at. Having a range of temperatures in mind is good. You should always know the minimum temperature before damage sets in as well as the maximum temperature before your shipment will spoil.

Your choice of carrier may change depending on how cold (or warm) your shipment can allowably get. This means picking a company that has reefer containers that can reach and maintain the proper temperature for the entire length of the shipment.


Shipment Delivery Date

When shipping frozen or chilled items, freshness is an issue. If you are shipping foods that need to be kept cool but not necessarily frozen, then time is of the essence. Make sure that you factor in enough time for the shipment to arrive and have some shelf life at the store. It does your customer no good to get a shipment of fruit that is about to go bad. Of course, this is much less of an issue with frozen foods, as they have a much longer shelf life.


Don’t Forget the Packaging

Like we mentioned above, you are going to need to make sure that your packaged food is properly crated and protected for the journey. Sealed plastic containers are still going to need to be boxed, shrink wrapped and palleted at the very least. Having a custom crate for added protection is never a bad idea, particularly for long journeys.

For assistance with shipping frozen goods, contact Cratex Group. We have years of experience and can build any freight transportation container that you need.