It is winter in the Netherlands, and if we have to believe the weather reports, it will remain cold for a while. If you export your goods in this period from the Netherlands or Belgium to the Middle East, for example, we can say that they are exposed to extreme temperature changes if unprotected. From the distribution centre to the airport, from storage to plain, air transport itself, from plane to depot, from truck to end consumer. Each link has its challenges regarding temperature conditions. It is most likely a recognisable challenge for you as an exporter of perishables such as flowers of fruit and vegetables. What happens to your product when exposed to these temperature peaks and troughs?
Claims are not the target in the logistics chain
The more often goods are exposed to temperature changes, the greater the chance of damage. And that is just not the purpose of transport. We all want the least possible loss of goods and that goods reach their end customer in perfect condition. That we do not have to organise a transport again, do not have to have administrative aftermath with the insurer, and that we do not have unsatisfied customers. What would it be like if we got insight into what is happening during transport, and better still, what can we do to organise the transport in such a way that the chance of damage is greatly reduced?
To understand where damage is caused by it is useful to have basic knowledge of temperature influences during transport and where these are caused by. That is why we look at the two main causes of temperature fluctuations.
The temperature of tarmac can be significantly higher than the air temperature on warm days or locations. Measurements were carried out at western airports, and we concluded that when the outside air has a temperature of +28°C, this can lead to an asphalt temperature of no less than +55°C.
This is a considerable temperature difference of almost 30°C, caused by the heat that the asphalt traps after direct solar radiation. Loading and unloading at the airport often take place on asphalt, and it is also not unusual for pallets or goods to be placed outside of the aircraft or warehouse for a while. As a result, the temperature risk is only increased, and the advice is to take precautionary measures.
Temperature fluctuations during chain
There may be large temperature differences during air transport. The various links in the transport chain each have their temperature conditions. In the aeroplane, for example, it will be much colder than when it is unloaded at a high-temperature destination. There can also be differences caused by day and night. These peaks ensure that the goods do not have a stable temperature during the entire transport and, if unprotected, can damage them.
Temperature differences transport zones
Moreover, it is important to take into account the difference in temperature at the place of departure and the final destination. As we said, when we are currently exporting goods from the Netherlands to Dubai, for example, it goes into the aircraft, and a few hours later the goods are exposed to very high temperatures. This is particularly disastrous for flowers and fruit and vegetable products and leads to a high rate of waste.
Protect goods with Praxas TLX Cargo Covers
The unprotected load is exposed daily to temperature fluctuations. The risk of damage is therefore very high and can be reduced with the right measures. This is done, for example, by the use of special protective covers, Cargo Covers, which are pulled over the load and provide the protection needed to deliver the product of good quality to the end customer.
Cargo Covers protect against exposure to natural environmental conditions such as temperature. Many organisations already apply them during the transport of temperature-sensitive products such as medicines and flowers. Cargo Covers slow the effect of warm weather conditions and tarmac and keeps the temperature in the cover stable.
Combination of top cover and base
Nevertheless, it will always remain a challenge to stop the heat effect of, for example, tarmac. The best solution in this is the applying both a top cover and a base (bottom). Where the base protects against the high tarmac temperatures, the cover protects against direct radiation from the sun.
Would you like to know more about the impact of temperature fluctuations on your (air) freight? Do not hesitate to contact Cargo Cover specialist Bart Verduin. Based on his expertise and goal of achieving 0% loss, he can help you to prevent your goods from being damaged by the influence of temperature. Moreover, you can currently use the special promotional rates. View them here.