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How to Avoid Winter Shipping Problems

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2017 9:00:00 PM

The snow is falling here at GTS. With winter is in full swing, we want to help you avoid some common winter weather issues and protect your freight.


Frozen Freight

Standard trucks can protect freight down to the freezing point of 32 degrees, but if you’re worried about your shipments freezing it’s important to find services that will keep your freight heated. As freight moves from terminal to terminal, the extra charges to keep your freight heated can apply to more than just the transport.

Read More: Protect From Freeze

Wrapping your freight in an insulating material (e.g., flexible polypropylene foam) , place your freight in thermal containers and choosing the fastest possible transit time are all extra precautions you can take to protect your freight from freezing. Remember that marking “Protect from freezing” on the bill of lading is not enough to protect it.


Missed Delivery Times

As Mother Nature comes down on us, take delays into account when shipping your freight. Severe weather, from freezing rain to severe storms, can shut down roads, and if the storms are particularly severe, they can even shut down terminals.

Read More: The Effect of Severe Weather of Transportation

There is no way to predict or avoid weather delays. The best plan of action is to ship early and keep open communication with your 3PL and customers.


Higher Accessorial Charges

When the weather goes bad, the costs go up. When roads are difficult to drive on, drivers are often forced to reroute, take more stop offs, and use more fuel to navigate their load safely to its destination, causing additional accessorial charges, which are added to the shipping cost.

Read More: How to Winterize Your Supply Chain


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Topics: weather, Domestic Freight Management, winter