The logistics and shipping industry has come a long way in providing reliable and fast delivery of goods across the globe. With the use of innovative technologies and materials, global courier services like DHL Express, continually strive to offer solutions for cross-border shipping through which sensitive and important goods are delivered reliably in the best possible conditions. One such type of shipping solution that is absolutely paramount these days relies on temperature-controlled environments.
Below, we dive into the importance of temperature-controlled cargo, the related regulations and standards we abide by and the solutions we have for our customers.
Temperature-controlled logistics refers to the storage, transportation, and distribution of temperature-sensitive cargo. This ensures that the temperature throughout the supply chain remains the same – in other words, controlled – from parcel packing to the maintenance of the cold chain till it reaches its destination.
Such cold chain requirements are necessary for food products, fresh flowers, perishable goods, pharmaceuticals, medicines, and other medical materials. Any compromise on the temperature can result in goods losing their efficacy and can even lead to serious health consequences when these products are consumed or used.
Cold chain shipping couriers maintain a shipping temperature range between 2ºC and 8ºC to ensure that the quality of the medicines and products do not get compromised. The manufacturer must ensure that all the involved parties understand the temperature requirements and that they are applied across the supply chain. Certain critical touch points which hold the greatest risk of temperature deviation include:
The warehouse where the shipment will be stored prior to its transportation
The route from the manufacturer to the shipper location
During physical loading and unloading of shipments
During the actual transit
Cold chain couriers must be aware of the international standards and regulations for transporting temperature-controlled goods. It is crucial that they are updated with all these regulations so they can ensure that the cold chain is not compromised. Some of these standards include:
Carriers should also be aware of the other regulations as outlined by the following groups:
There are several types of temperature-controlled transportation:
DHL Express offers several temperature-controlled logistics services for pharmaceuticals and life science goods. With certified life sciences and healthcare experts in over 150 global destinations, our customised solutions can help you send your temperature-controlled shipments across the world. We also provide packaging solutions for temperature-controlled goods, such as through our Medical Express (WMX) Service.
Sign up for a DHL Express account today to start delivering temperature-controlled goods.