Transporting Perishable Goods
Perishable goods are goods that can easily damage under the influence of time, temperature or transport movement. It can be, for example, food or medicine. Perishable foods are those likely to spoil, decay, or become unsafe to consume if not kept refrigerated, such as meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, etc. These products have a limited time window after harvest or production in which they can be used. Temperature is generally the factor that has the biggest impact on the shelf life of perishable food. Perishables should be quickly processed, packed, and transported using an appropriate technique.
What matters the most? Temperature-controlled transportation requires expertise.
Transporting temperature-sensitive food items requires extra care and expertise. For fresh food producers, supply and delivery chains must work well to ensure their food arrives fresh and on time. All delivery chain parties need to properly understand food safety and compliance with material handling and storage expertise. Further, the appropriately refrigerated temperature of the delivery must be maintained and monitored throughout the transportation.
There must be trained professionals handling the goods, well-maintained refrigerated equipment used, and continuous temperature monitoring in place when transporting perishables. Also, the use of the latest technology can enhance productivity in the food supply chain. With the help of technology, daily operations and the whole transportation chain can be planned more efficiently.
Do all roads lead to a successful outcome? What makes a great logistics partner?
Most perishables are transported by road with trucks or vans with cooling systems to keep products fresh. If there’s a need to transport perishables internationally, ocean or airfreight are good options. When perishable goods must be transported by sea, refrigerated ships with air circulation systems are used, along with refrigerated containers. Airfreight, however, is widely considered the best way to transport perishable goods, not least for its fastness. Time-critical, operational quality, and security of supply are highlights of airfreight.
Well, how to choose the right logistics partner for handling these time-sensitive perishables transportation chains? A good logistics partner has a wide contact network with air carriers for guaranteed space available, can arrange a flexible transportation schedule that fits needs, and has an operations team available 24/7 to take care of your shipment. It’s a huge benefit to have a logistics partner at the departing airport to support any sudden changes and ad hoc situations. These are the situations where you really would like to have your own eyes watching over, and that is what the right partner can do for you.
JetLogistics is an experienced logistics and supply chain partner with decades of experience in the food industry. At this point, it’s also worth mentioning the location of JetLogistics. We are right at the spot of Helsinki-Vantaa airport within walking distance of all terminals. We work with leading fresh food producers and companies that need to transport food and medicine at specific temperatures. These producers need a dependable, versatile partner to handle time-sensitive deliveries and pay close attention to food safety, quality, and official requirements.
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