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Broadly speaking, food professionals must ensure the compliance of the goods during their purchases, as well as the receipt following a food transport. The suppliers and the carrier must therefore be chosen carefully. Indeed, the delivery phase is an important step for ensuring the sanitary compliance of the food items received. Here’s how to secure your food transport.

Plan the food transport

To secure your food transport, you must select the best carrier according to your specific needs, in particular by requesting several quotes so that you can compare them. The quotes must include personalized responses in the form of a specification sheet, according to your previously issued business requests. Your requests may be:

  • A type of food, a specific volume and weight, a good value, and certain characteristics of the goods that you want to transport, such as fragility.
  • The delivery deadlines to be respected so that you can meet the needs of your own customers
  • A transport service price adapted to the reality of the market, but also to your budget
  • Any additional services that you may need, such as food storage in the proper conditions
  • The customs formalities to be carried out for you to ensure the legal circulation of your goods
  • The modes of transport used, especially the use of intermodality

You can rely on a transport consultant who will take care of finding the best carrier according to your specific needs. In particular, they will verify the transport conditions (general condition, cleanliness, vehicle temperature). If you’re transporting perishable goods, the use of special vehicles meeting the specifications must be demanded and verified before the goods depart. In particular, these vehicles must include:

  • A paper such as a certificate of technical compliance
  • Marking stickers applied to the top, front, and both lateral sides of the box
  • The coding of the marking makes it possible to recognize the cold production technique of the vehicles, their isothermal protection, and their class

During transport

International food transport, like any type of long-distance transport, requires a certain amount of supervision. A visual inspection of the goods at your premises or storage site should be carried out to verify, for example:

  • The absence of mould, greening, foreign objects, or insects
  • Fresh fish: condition of the ice and the product
  • Eggs: intact shells recommended use before 21 days
  • Live shellfish or crustaceans: their freshness
  • Boxes in good condition (no traces of shocks, moisture, or dirt)
  • Canned goods: not dented or rusted
  • Vacuum packaging not pierced or swollen
  • The proper handling of the customs formalities for exported goods or the customs clearance for imported goods, in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards
  • The tracking of the shipments so that a single mode of transport is used or several are combined
  • The verification of the actual delivery of the goods

Once the goods have been transported

Once the goods are about to be transported, their arrival at your premises must be anticipated, and this requires a final inspection, as well as the recollection of your opinion on the transport experience. Any incidents must be noted so that you can anticipate them during the next food transport. Thanks to a complete analysis, it’s possible to avoid repeating a bad experience with a carrier or to improve the experience with a transport. Among other things, a transport consultant can propose the implementation of certain corrective actions, ensuring the continuous improvement of the logistics and international transport service.