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20 Jun 2017

The Cost of Keeping it Cool

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This is the time of year to keep it cool, including shipments of heat-sensitive products. Shippers are hiring refrigerated trailers (reefers) or requesting temperature control services from LTL carriers in order to protect their products during transit. However, these specialized trailers come at a price, and carrier accessorial costs are steadily rising. According to DAT.com, spot market reefer rates climbed 8¢ from April to May, making the new average $2.02 per mile–13¢ higher than this time last year.

Shippers, keep your cool and your shipments protected by being proactive. Become familiar with your products’ unique characteristics and needs. Annotate bills of lading with any specific requests for temperature protection. Also, be aware of a carrier’s specific rules regarding requesting special temperature protection services. The rules provided by the carrier will likely be very specific, as the carrier desires to be fully informed of a shipper’s needs and to be protected from any damage liability. Be sure to follow any directions completely as prescribed.

Do not just protect your temperature-sensitive products, protect yourself from inaccurate freight billing charges with an After-Payment Freight Audit from AMTR!

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