Ltl Refrigerated Freight

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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LTL freight is often destined for local transportation. LTL refers to the term "less than load" shipments. These loads may consist of perishable goods, such as food, that require refrigeration. Generally, LTL loads in a major metropolitan area are taken from the shipper's location to a central shipping hub where they may be interlined to a similar truck carrying multiple loads going to the same general location.

LTL Refrigerated Loads

The trucks that carry refrigerated loads may be smaller than the eighteen wheelers we see on highways and Interstates. Depending on the types of loads they carry, however, they may be big rigs. In either case, these trucks are usually referred to as "reefers." Today's reefers are designed with computerized temperature gages and are built using the latest technology. These advances keep refrigerated freight at the exact temperatures required by the shippers.

While most of the refrigerated loads are foodstuffs, there is a significant amount of traffic in other commodities such as medical shipments requiring specialized handling. These shipments must be maintained at specified temperatures or tens of thousands of dollars of medicine may be refused at the destination. Representing a huge segment of the shipping industry, perishable goods can be a challenge, especially when the weather gets hot or trucks break down.

Cold LTL

While many LTL shipments are not subject to temperature issues, refrigerated loads must be carefully monitored during warm seasons since they are often fragile and interlining the freight more than once during a haul may result in a reduction in quality. As a result of the special issues related to these loads, there may be constraints on the number of days the loads may be in transit.


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