How to Protect Shipments from Freezing Temperatures

November 15, 2017 by Terese Kerrigan
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It’s that time of year again – temperatures are going down, holiday décor is going up, and winter is officially on its way. But that’s no reason to leave your freight out in the cold. Many shipments contain items that have the potential to freeze in lower temperatures, which would ultimately result in damage or loss. Keep in mind that freeze protection season begins on November 1 and doesn’t end until April 30 – don’t underestimate the power of freezing temperatures even in the spring or fall! Keep reading to learn how we can help you select a carrier that can protect your shipments from freezing during transit.

What Are Freeze Protection Services?

Freeze protection is a service many LTL carriers provide to prevent goods that can freeze from exposure to chilling temperatures. Many temperature-sensitive commodities such as chemicals, paints, glues, liquids, cosmetics, chocolate, perishable food, and batteries stay above freezing temperature during transit to ensure the product’s quality is not compromised.

Freight Carriers Are Turning Up the Heat

The carrier you select will determine exactly which freeze protection services are offered with your freight shipment. Freeze protection services can include a wide array of features, including: protective pallet blankets, heated trailers, and expediting time-sensitive shipments.

Special handling procedures that are offered by various carriers include:

  • Designating sheltered areas to hold freezable freight during severe weather
  • Labeling shipments and Bill of Ladings to easily identify freezable good
  • Monitoring weather forecasts using AccuWeather
  • Adhering to carrier guidelines for protecting goods while in transit and over weekends
  • Using warm rooms when needed

Do I Really Need Freeze Protection Services?

If your freight has the potential to freeze, then yes. The driver’s route may take them through unexpectedly colder temperatures. Just because you shipped your freight from sunny Miami, doesn’t mean it won’t pass through a blizzard in Denver, while on its way to Los Angeles. As your trusted advisors, our customer service representatives and account managers can help you determine if freeze protection services are necessary.

Don’t Give Freeze Protection Services the Cold Shoulder

Despite freeze protection services being provided by many LTL carriers, not all services are created equal. Each carrier has their own unique limitations for handling freight under freeze protection. In cases of extreme cold, it’s possible that some carriers may not be able to offer a freeze protection guarantee. In those cases, the carrier will place an embargo on this service until temperatures rise.

Be sure to consult with your FreightCenter agent to ensure you are matched with a carrier that can meet all your freeze protection and freight needs. Most importantly, triple check that your freight’s specific freeze protection requirements are printed clearly on your Bill of Lading.


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