New IRTA cold carrier standard

Arlington, Virginia, USA: The International Refrigerated Transportation Association has a new Cold Carrier Certification, the first of its kind focused on excellence in refrigerated transport.

“By earning the Cold Carrier Certification, a carrier will demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to sanitary and safe perishable product transportation, differentiate the company from its competitors, and show its dedication to furthering the transportation and supply chain industries,” said Rob Fay, chairman, IRTA and president of Seminole Gulf Railway/Florida Freezer, speaking at the launch during the Global Cold Chain Expo last week.
The Cold Carrier Certification has two major components: the first is carrier conformance with the Sanitary Food Transportation Act through adoption of the IRTA Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide. Second, carrier management personnel must prove their knowledge on specific requirements from the guide.
The certification program was piloted by seven companies: FFE Transportation Services; Great Plains Transport; JB Hunt; KeHE; Midwest Refrigerated Services, Trailiner and WEL Companies.
“This certification gives the customer peace of mind that they are building a relationship with the right carrier,” said Travis McCain, vice president of sales, Frozen Food Express and polit program participant.

McCain participated in the GCCE panel discussion Implementing Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices for cold carriers with other pilot participants: Josh Whitener, Trailiner Corporation, and Jim Koeble, Midwest Refrigerated Services. The session was moderated by Don Durm, PLM Trailer Leasing.


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