Independent journal on economy and transport policy
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ANNO XXXVIII - Numero OTTOBRE 2020
TT CLUB POINTS OUT REEFER TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
TT Club has said temperature-control issues and communication
errors between them accounted for almost half of refrigerated
shipping (reefer) insurance claims over the past three years.
In a statement, the insurance specialist said
temperature-control problems and communication errors contributed to
24% and 29% respectively in that time.
In a statement, TT Club said it continues in its attempts to
minimise losses for both its Members and all those involved in the
cool supply chain with publicly available guidance documents such as
StopLoss - Temperature Controlled Cargo.
"Our own experiences and the data drawn from our claims
history was reinforced by over a third of webinar attendees, who
when asked their perception of the primary risk factors, pointed to
communications errors with ambiguous or incorrect instructions
passed between supply chain stakeholders," commented Mike
Yarwood, TT's Loss Prevention Managing Director.
The sensitivity of many commodities transported under
temperature-controlled conditions puts the care of the product both
before and during transit as a paramount concern.
During a recent webinar from TT Club, Carsten Jensen, a
consultant and surveyor specialising in perishable goods transport
gave a comprehensive insight into the five key aspects that impinge
on loss prevention: product quality; preparation of the goods;
correct packaging and stowing; attention to temperature
irregularities and prolonged storage and transit.
"Clearly a number of these processes are outwith the
control of forwarder, carrier and terminal operator," commented
Yarwood. "But as the demand for unitised transport of
perishables continues its upward trend, it is vital that the
transport links in the chain become more informed about all the
relevant processes to improve the collaborative efforts of all
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