June 14, 2022



The Boards of Directors for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) have reached an Agreement in Principle to merge their organizations to officially form a new organization, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

“Success of the global supply chain depends on transportation and warehousing working closely together.  The merger of IARW and IRTA recognizes that important connection and will help strengthen the global supply chain at this critical time,” said IARW Immediate Past Chairman, Ron Buford, who was Chairman when the agreement was finalized. “Working together, the Warehouse and Transportation members can easily and efficiently develop and implement collaborative solutions to problems facing the cold chain community as a whole.

Over the coming months, the IARW and IRTA Boards will work with staff to solidify the structure and governance of the merged entity. That information will be shared with the membership later this year. Pending approval from the respective memberships in October, IARW and IRTA will continue to operate as currently structured through 2022, with the restructured GCCA to be launched January 1, 2023.

“IRTA and IARW coming together affords us a tremendous opportunity to showcase thought leadership and enhance cross-community engagement between two vital sectors of the global supply chain,” stated Todd Lanter, IRTA Chairman. “By formally bringing together our organizations we can better support the industry and the members we serve.”

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) will remain as partners in the GCCA and will continue operations as separate entities. For more information on the merger, please visit: www.gcca.org/gcca-merger.



About International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW)

The IARW builds, strengthens and represents the global temperature-controlled third-party warehousing and logistics industry. IARW promotes best practices in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry through research, industry benchmarking, networking, and education


About International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA)

The International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) supports the needs and interests of organizations involved in the transportation sector of the cold chain. It fosters good commercial and trade relations between transportation companies, their suppliers, and customers; gathers and disseminates data and information to members; and protects the interests of its members from unlawful and unjust measures and practices.

Published Date

March 3, 2023


Cold Chain Development


United States


GCCA Transportation, GCCA Warehouse, Global Cold Chain Foundation