Shipping freight is never easy, and it can be even more challenging when it comes to shipping perishable goods – specifically, food or medicine that has to be kept within a certain temperature range. This was quite tricky up until the late 1930s before the first refrigerated trailer was introduced to the transportation world. Refrigerated trailers, most commonly referred to as “reefers,” made it possible to transport these perishable goods long distance.
Back in the 1930s, Fred Jones, a prominent inventor who came up with a number of useful inventions in his lifetime (for example, the automated ticket-dispensing machine for movie theaters), was tasked with developing a device that would make it possible to move perishable goods long distances. At that time, food could often only travel within about a 50-mile radius from the farm without going bad. In 1939, the first portable refrigeration unit was introduced, and it was a break-through in the development of the transportation industry.
Could you imagine only having access to food produced/grown within a 50-mile radius from where you live? Reefer trailers opened up the possibilities for shipping food, medicine, blood and so on across the country. Apart from the refrigeration unit that keeps a certain temperature inside, modern reefer trailers also have additional insulation. Reefer trailers account for 80 percent of all food shipped across the country.
What Should You Know About Reefer Shipping?
It’s More Expensive
You will have to pay more to shiploads that require refrigeration, compared to regular dry van loads. Reefer units require additional fuel to operate and keep the temperature, which is what affects the rate.
It Requires Accurate Info
By default, accurate and extensive info is required for any and all loads to avoid issues. It is especially crucial with reefer loads. Always make sure you know the exact temperature required for your shipment, and make sure it’s clearly communicated to the carrier.
It Ensures Smart Loading and Unloading
Be ready to load and unload your freight quickly and efficiently to make sure it goes straight from a temperature-controlled trailer into a temperature-controlled warehouse or storage. In the summer, when temperatures are up in the 100’s, even a short exposure to the heat might ruin the product.
Shipping reefer freight can be stressful sometimes, but we are here to help. If you are looking for advice on your reefer shipments, one of our experts will be happy to assist you.