Important Winter Shipping Considerations
As temperatures begin to drop and snow starts to fall, shipping can become more complex than usual. While ice and snow may make freight shipping more difficult, goods still need to be delivered from point A to point B regardless of the weather conditions. To ensure that your shipments reach their destination on time and in good condition, there are several important winter shipping considerations to keep in mind. As leading providers of freight shipping solutions, the team at C&D Logistics knows how unique winter is when it comes to shipping challenges. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 crucial shipping considerations to help you prepare for these challenges and ensure smoother processes throughout the season.
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3 Crucial Shipping Considerations During Winter
To ensure smooth transportation of materials and products throughout the winter months, it is important to keep the following considerations in mind:
The Contents of Your Shipment
The first thing to think about when preparing your winter freight shipment is how the contents will handle colder temperatures. Food and chemicals can be damaged if they reach certain temperatures, resulting in lost revenue. When moving freight long distances, it can travel through a wide range of temperatures. If you know that freezing temperatures could damage your goods, be sure to notify your freight provider and choose a suitable transport option.
The Vehicle Used for Transport
For most winter shipments, it is often worth spending a bit extra for a truck with a heated trailer. A heated truck has a regulated temperature with an enclosed trailer, ensuring the freight is not damaged by extreme winds or cold air. Standard containers/trailers do not have any type of climate control and are extremely susceptible to temperature changes, increasing the risk of damage. If you believe that cold temperatures and wind will be an issue, consider wrapping your shipment with blankets and tarps for further protection.
Unexpected Delays and Obstacles
Road closures are unpredictable and difficult to avoid in winter. Detours can add time to each delivery, and if the detours are not easily accessible, a shipment can be delayed by days. To account and prepare for these delays, book your shipment well in advance whenever possible. Leaving it to the last minute can mean missing your delivery deadline and putting everything behind schedule. By sending your freight off early, you give yourself a margin of error where a delay will not impact you or your customer.
To learn more about shipping in winter or to inquire about our freight services, get in touch with the experts at C&D Logistics. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.