What is Refrigerated Trucking?

NNT Transportation's definition of refrigerated trucking is a method of freight shipping which involves the transportation of horticultural products, food and other products that need a temperature controlled transport means.

Refrigerated trucking is slightly expensive than the traditional freight transport means since the costs are much higher for trucks that support refrigeration.

It needs much attention and care when compared to simple products that can be left in a warehouse for some time without any challenges. 

In most cases, fresh foods and frozen foods are normally transported via a cooled truck. The route and type of truck and trailer are selected depending on the type and quantity of cargo to be shipped.

For instance, some freight may need separation from other goods based on internal insulation or temperature differentiation. In addition, the time of the year, as well as the route, can necessitate additional steps to make sure safety of more sensitive cargo. 

Refrigerated trucking benefits

Refrigerated trucking is a good choice for shippers who require a safe temperature-controlled freight. Below are some top refrigerated trucking benefits:

1. Supply and demand

All fresh products including horticultural foods will have a high demand throughout. The refrigerated trucks safely haul and take the products to all commercial and residential areas where they are needed. 

2. Wide variety

It can be used for a wide array of products which require a controlled temperature.

Apart from foods, other products that can be shipped include pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and some plants. The safety of all these products is guaranteed up to the final destination. 

3. Protection

One of the greatest assets of refrigerated trucking is the protection of different products and material being shipped.

Due to the sensitivity and nature of products being shipped, the trailer is better equipped in order to prevent damage from temperature variations, spoilage and weather condition variations. 

Best practices for refrigerated trucking

Identify the shipping needs - not all products are similar when it comes to temperature stability requirements. You should distinguish the perishable products and the non-perishable products.

The perishable products include:

  • seafood
  • plants
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • meat
  • pharmaceuticals

Load quickly

Due to the temperature sensitivity of freight being shipped, the shipment should be prepared in advance for loading to prevent possible damages or being ruined.

However, rushing isn’t of great importance; remember to load and also secure the cargo properly. 

Monitor the shipment

During the transit process, the truck driver is responsible for the safety of the freight. Most refrigerated trucks and trailers are equipped with a cooling system monitor and make the driver know the quality and safety of products being shipped. 

Unloading procedures

Just like the product loading process, the unloading should be done much faster and efficiently as possible. 


Before you choose a refrigerated trucking service provider, make sure that you consider factors such as customer satisfaction, price involved and also flexibility in their delivery schedule.

This will give you peace of mind knowing that your products are in safe hands from one location to the final destination.

If you're in need of a refrigerated trucking service provider, then NNT Company Refridgerated Trucking is the best solution.