Refrigerated Transportation & Logistics

The International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), a GCCA Core Partner, supports the needs and interests of organizations involved in the transportation sector of the cold chain. Take advantage of these member-only resources. Not a member? Join today.

White Papers, Reports, and Programs

Sanitary Transportation of Food Compliance Resources 
To help key industry stakeholders stay in compliance with the rule, the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), developed an overview guide, compliance summary and matrix. The following tools have been developed primarily for refrigerated carriers utilizing truck, trailer and multi-temperature means of transporting food.

Driver Training for Sanitary Transportation of Food (STF) Compliance

The International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), has developed a training program for drivers to become compliant with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Sanitary Transportation of Food (STF) rule. This training program meets regulatory requirements for driver training. 

SOLAS Container Weight Verification Guide 
Learn about the Safety-of-Life-at-Sea (SOLAS), which was amended in mid-2016 to require that a packed container’s gross weight must be verified before being loaded onto a ship.

13 Key Elements of FSMA: Sanitary Food Transportation Act
Read about the key elements that are likely to be in play during the rule-making process for the Sanitary Food Transportation Act.

Food Safety Modernization Act Compliance Guide
The Global Cold Chain Alliance developed this guide to help cold storage operators understand major FSMA requirements.

COLD FACTS Magazine Articles

Here's a sample of some of the in-depth articles on the refrigerated transportation and logistics industry featured in COLD FACTS Magazine. For more articles, browse the archives.

Global Demand Driving Reefer Shipping 
Worldwide consumer demand for convenient perishable food products bodes well for continuing growth in reefer shipping volume. (September-October 2014)

Best Practices in Transportation 
Top issues include driver shortages, collaboration and transparency, flexibility and temperature monitoring (January-February 2018)

Legislative and Regulatory Updates

Keep abreast of the latest legislative and regulatory changes impacting the refirgerated transportation industry with the Government Connection blog. Subscribe to Government Connection to get email updates whenever there is a new post.  See posts »


IRTA Board of Directors
IRTA is led by a Board of Directors made up of a diverse group of leaders from the temperature-controlled transportation and logistics industry. The board includes carriers, warehouse operators, trade press, and suppliers. MORE

GCCA Supply Chain Operations Committee
The GCCA Supply Chain Operations Committee examines the process of planning, implementing and controlling the operations of the supply chain. View the membership roster.

Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Task Force
This special task force is working to establish industry best practices for the transportation and handling of temperature-controlled products. View the membership roster.

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