When you need to choose a transportation company to transport your products, you entrust the company to bring your goods safely and on time to the right destination at a reasonable price. However, when your product is easily damaged and sensitive to temperature, you add an additional level of complexity.
You must be sure that the company you rent has the right equipment to keep your product in a temperature-controlled environment, and that the equipment will not damage your shipment. When you choose a refrigerated vehicle there are three important qualities to look for:
First, look at the company's experience. How long have they been in this business? How long do they offer refrigerated transportation services? Are they familiar and abide by FDA regulations for transporting food that is perishable? Also, look for a company that offers delivery tracking for their delivery services.
Although newer companies might be able to transport your product, more experienced companies will have a long track record of success and excellent customer satisfaction, a strong indicator of how well they can handle your work. By placing perishable goods in the hands of companies with experience, you can feel safe that your goods will reach their destination safely and on time.
See company equipment. Do they have older or newer equipment? Companies with newer and more technologically advanced equipment are less prone to damage. Cooling technology is likely to be more sophisticated and able to offer better environmental control over older equipment.
Also, if the company has newer equipment, verify that the truck drivers are properly trained to operate the equipment. Having new equipment is not of much value if the driver is not trained enough to operate it.
You might be interested in more personalized services offered by small companies. However, when you need a temperature-controlled carrier, you want to be convinced that the company has the ability to meet your needs. Ask how many hubs it has.
Ask if you can easily bring your goods to the destination country of your product. If you don't take it to the place you need, ask if it offers a broker so you can get a truck to send the goods to the destination you need. If it does offer a broker, make sure the contracted operator offers high-quality modern equipment.