Cold Carrier Certification program announced by transportation association
On June 11, during the Global Cold Chain Expo, the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) announced its new Cold Carrier Certification, the first of its kind focused on excellence in refrigerated transportation.
“By earning the Cold Carrier Certification, a carrier will demonstrate the organization’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, president, Seminole Gulf Railway/Florida Freezer and chairman of IRTA.
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 pilot program participant.