With the influx of transportation rules and regulations, navigating the temperature-controlled logistics industry is more challenging than ever. In order to properly manage the ultra-sensitive cold chain, shippers are finding it more and more attractive to leverage the specialized knowledge of a third-party logistics provider (3PL).
In the cold chain, a single upstream error can (and will) have a domino effect on the entire supply chain, and the more complex the industry becomes (see below regulations), the more disciplined and pragmatic you must be to avoid mistakes. Partnering with an expert 3PL will help better ensure that each and every step of the cold chain has been managed well. An experienced and quality-focused 3PL will have the systems in place, aided by advanced technology, to monitor product quality throughout the cold chain—not only within the four walls, but outside as well.
A smart 3PL will monitor environments and overall vehicle condition. In temperature-controlled transportation, trailer temperature must be properly adjusted according to the type of goods being carried. The right 3PL will not only monitor the current temperature of the truck but will also ensure that only like products are shipped together and that the truck has been thoroughly sanitized between shipments.
While a good 3PL will provide that level of service regardless of regulatory pressure, several recent acts will affect the temperature-controlled sector. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) proposed rule, “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” requires strict sanitary and temperature-controlled for shippers, receivers, and carriers who transport food in the U.S. While this may promote truck sanitation, it could also shrink the number of trucking companies who are willing to ship temperature-sensitive goods, thus affecting capacity.
The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) also has new regulations, which will require all trucks to have 2010-model-year engines or equivalent by the year 2023. This regulation applies to most all diesel-fueled trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds. As California possesses a great majority of the U.S.’s temperature-sensitive food, this regulation could also have a large effect on capacity.
How do you choose the right 3PL? Experience…and Hanson Logistics has more than 60 years of it. We understand complex logistics. We know how to drive volume in frozen food distribution. We know food safety and best practices. With our supply chain experts and advanced TMS technology, we have control and visibility, from one end of the supply chain to the other. For complicated temperature-controlled requirements, the solution may be as close as your phone. Contact Hanson Logistics today for the best 3PL expertise in the industry.