Refrigerated & Frozen LTL Trucking
Are you shipping fresh or frozen produce, meats or seafood products anywhere across the United States? Refrigerated LTL trucking ensures that your products reach your distributors and customers in a timely manner, and without deterioration.
At FreightRun, our nationwide network of refrigerated LTL trucking companies ensures that you’ll be able to find the right truck at the right price for your company.
What is a refrigerated LTL carrier
LTL stands for “less-than-load”, and usually refers to freights that are less than 150 lbs. and take up less than 1/3rd the floor space of a 53’ truck.
Refrigerated, or temperature-controlled LTL carriers, offer refrigerator or freezer compartments that preserve your food products during transport. You can choose from a range of temperature options to ensure that your products aren’t too cold or too warm.
LTL refrigerated trucking is also useful for chemical distributors. For example, some liquid chemicals are flammable; they need to be kept under a temperature threshold to prevent any chemical breakdown, which could result in fires, explosions, or instability in the product.
This requirement is addressed in Section 14 of the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical. FreightRun offers easy access to reliable refrigerated LTL carriers on both the east and west coast, so you can achieve peace of mind when transporting chemicals.
Temperature controlled transportation services (Reefer LTL)
Refrigerated LTL trucks are also known as Reefer LTL trucks in the shipping industry. Compared to LTL dry freights, reefer LTL freights are more expensive, pound for pound. Additionally, shipping prices tend to spike during harvests, since many companies are competing for space on freight trucks. FreightRun helps minimize your shipping costs by providing real-time comparisons of carrier prices, so you can choose the carrier that best fits your company’s needs.
Both frozen and temperature controlled (refrigerated) trucks use the same type of refrigerated trailers. These trailers are equipped with controls that allow you to choose the temperature of the interior, so you can safely store your products.
For example, cheese and cakes need to be stored between 20-30 degrees to maintain freshness, so you would choose this temperature level for shipping these products. Things become more complicated with shipments that include a variety of products, so the challenge is to find the right combination of products, which can be shipped at the same temperature.
Find the best Frozen LTL carriers for your freight
FreightRun is a freight brokering service that lets you compare LTL distribution services and freight carriers, pick the right carrier for your company and track your freight delivery from coast to coast.
Whether you’re making short deliveries or need refrigerated services to ship products across state lines, we can help you choose the right carrier and manage your shipping routes.
Local refrigerated LTL Freight
Paying for full truckload service or owning your own fleet of refrigerated trucks for product distribution can get expensive quickly.
Using FreightRun, you can save on your shipping budget through local refrigerated LTL freight carriers with access to a 3rd party temperature-controlled distribution warehouses, from which you can distribute your products.
This multi-legged process has a lot of moving parts. If you want to keep distribution management in-house, we recommend hiring a logistics manager to handle your LTL freight shipping.
However, for a simpler solution, FreightRun can connect you with one of our experienced team members, who can manage your shipping portfolio and act as your liaison with third party carriers.
National frozen LTL Freight
There is only one national frozen LTL freight carrier. Thus, you see major temperature control shippers such as the banana industry employing their own fleets at times. Also, the one national frozen LTL freight carrier acts as a monopoly – since for many freight buyers there is no obvious replacement.
The only way around such a monopoly is to use an extremely resourceful freight broker like FreightRun who can use a combination of long haul frozen LTL freight carriers combined with a network of local refrigerated LTL carriers to handle the local delivery or local pickup for your product or your customer.
In addition to our trusted network of trucks, FreightRun’s partner carriers also offer temperature-controlled warehouses throughout the United States. This makes it easy to store shipments between shipping legs, while maintaining product freshness.
You can use our advanced freight software system to find the best warehouse near you, or warehouses at strategic points on the way to your customers.
For help with your LTL refrigerated or frozen trucking needs, contact us any time to speak with an experienced customer service member. We’ll make shipping your products easy, so you can focus on your customers.