Unique, industry-leading guidance for transporters of perishable goods, has been updated and reissued by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

The Guidance developed by industry experts is a comprehensive resource for any business or practitioner seeking to implement the best possible practice in planning, operationalising, and recording the safe transport of perishable foods. The Guidance entitled Cold Chain Transportation Best Practices is designed to help businesses to meet and ideally exceed the requirements of regulators and food standards certifiers.

GCCA will be featuring the Guidance and convening a panel of experts to discuss how to implement the principles in this guidance on the 16th May at 11:00 EST – find our more here.

Chairman of the GCCA Transportation Board Don Durm said: “Safety is the single most crucial responsibility conveyed on businesses charged with transporting a nation’s food and the Best Practices Guide plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe, efficient, and compliant transportation within the cold chain industry.  A highly professional, experienced, and well-regulated food supply chain benefits consumers.  Regulators provide significant flexibility to operators to ensure they implement the best procedures for the circumstances and purposes for which they operate.

“However, I know from experience that businesses appreciate a strong, clear reference point to benchmark what constitutes industry best practices, and that is what GCCA has delivered.  The added benefit to the day-to-day business execution in implementing the best practices will yield operational efficiency saving time and money in a highly competitive environment.”

“I am grateful to the team and my fellow reviewers for giving their time and expertise to advise on the publication of this latest update.”

“GCCA Senior Vice President for Government and Legal Affairs, Lowell Randel added: “We are delighted to be able to support the industry with this vital guidance. As a membership organization, the GCCA is uniquely positioned to provide this guidance by engaging with expert practitioners to ensure that policies and procedures are implemented in ways that work in real world contexts. Since we first published our best practice guidance in this area it has proven to be an invaluable resource for our members.

The Best Practice Guide covers:

  • what to agree in writing before taking on work
  • how to prepare vehicles, equipment and processes to avoid failures
  • pre-loading and loading procedures
  • departure and arrival processes
  • en route requirements

It is supported by checklists and other resources.

The Cold Chain Transportation – Best Practice Guide  is one part of the membership benefits provided by the Global Cold Chain Alliance to refrigerated transportation businesses. Members can also benefit from the unique Cold Carrier Certification program for refrigerated road transportation operators.

More details about the GCCA Cold Carrier Program can be found here.

About GCCA

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) is the leading association advocating on behalf of the temperature-controlled warehousing, transportation and logistics industry while promoting best practices through research, industry benchmarking, networking, and education. GCCA unites all partners to be innovative leaders in the movement of perishable products globally

Published Date

April 21, 2024


Cold Chain Development, Transportation & Logistics


United States


GCCA Transportation