How to Protect Your Cargo in Hot Weather

How to Protect Your Cargo in Hot Weather

The summer season has just begun, and that means shipping goods, especially perishables, just got trickier.

Long hours spent traveling in a dry van can under the scorching sun can take a toll on your freight, but luckily there are plenty of tried-and-true methods to protect your cargo for the long haul.

Here are some ideas to try with your next shipment!

Ice Ice baby

If you’re in a time crunch and need to cool down your cargo fast, ice is always a convenient way to preserve goods and it’s one that has been trusted for decades.

Invest in ice packs so you can grab them and go when the occasion calls for it. It is an extra cost, but it’s worth it considering the money lost from products damaged by heat.

Be mindful of the shipping day

The weekends are usually slower for shipping, which means some goods end up sitting idle in a storage yard or warehouse. 

Time is of the essence when shipping climate-sensitive items, so you’ll want to look at the best days to get shipping done fast (usually the weekdays). 

You can always utilize expedited shipping if needed.

Use heat resistant packaging

Plastic foam insulation and frozen gel packs help keep cargo cool when the temperatures rise, making them ideal during summer shipments compared to other common packaging materials.

Be smart about packaging and test out different materials to see what works best. Every detail counts, from the way you package each item to the way it’s loaded into the trailer.

Choose a reefer instead of a dry van

For long trips, consider using a refrigerated reefer to haul your shipment. This takes all of the guesswork out of protecting your cargo because these trailers have their own climate-controlled environment.

You can also set the temperature so that it is at the most optimal setting to keep your goods as pristine as possible based on the preservation requirements.

True Carriers Group is a non-asset based group of carriers that has been helping drive America’s supply chain for over 40 years. We offer a full range of logistics services, including Intermodal, Reefer, Van, Flatbed, Brokerage, LTL and Heavy Haul.

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