The distribution of perishable products within a certain cold chain might be quite complicated. In addition to the usual logistical challenges, there are also lots of special requirements in regards to temperature-controlled transport and packaging. If you are working in this sector or are involved in e-commerce of perishable products, you will surely be familiar with ATP transport. And if not, you definitely should.
From logistics giants to small retail companies, we should all be familiar with the international standards for the transport of perishable foodstuffs. And, it is our pleasure to introduce you to our cold chain solutions to meet these standards in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
What is ATP?
The ATP is an international agreement on the transport of perishable goods. The acronym stands for “Agreement on Perishable Transport”. It has been signed by fifty countries, and in principle regulates international freight, although many coutries have established their own regulations according to it, as is the case of Spain; here you can find an example Spanish ATP version 2013.
The aim of this agreement is to ensure that the traffic of goods destined for consumption and requiring a certain temperature range can reach their final destination in optimal conditions.
The agreement establishes what are considered perishable goods: deep-frozen, frozen and others (meat and meat products, dairy products, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, etc.). In addition, it may also affect pharmaceutical and health products, among others.
What is an ATP vehicle?
The agreement also regulates the types of vehicles and the conditions that must be met by the so-called “ATP vehicles”, which are those that have the necessary characteristics and pass the appropriate checks to carry out secure ATP transport. As you can imagine, the list of types and conditions is long; we will give you a short summary, for more details click here.
- Types of “special units”: Four types of suitable vehicles are referred to as isothermal, refrigerated (with four classes), refrigerated (with six classes) and calorific (with two classes).
- Certification and identification marks: There are strict requirements regarding the location, characteristics and data of the plates and stickers (almost forty) that certify an ATP vehicle as such.
- Inspections: Of course, vehicles must pass inspections in eight scenarios: initial, periodic (at six years and then every three years), upon exceeding 21 years, or in cases of repair, modification, import….
CarryTemp: certifies the container, not the vehicle.
The boom of e-commerce and online grocery shopping is presenting many retailers and e-commerce companies with an unprecedented challenge, especially when it comes to food deliveries. The main issue in case of transport of those products is to know how to adapt: why not opt for isothermal transport containers with ATP certification?
The trend is to replace certified refrigerated vehicles (with the costs involved) with certified isothermal containers. Thanks to our passive cooling solutions it is possible to transport ATP-certified foodstuffs in conventional vehicles, gaining the huge advantage of being able to transport products with different temperature ranges at the same time.
Our response to market’s demand is CarryTemp, a reusable, lightweight and robust container with ATP certification type RRC and RRD, suitable for various products (refrigerated, frozen, ambient), with payload range from 45 to 360 litres, thermal protection of up to 48 hours and numerous convenient features (stackable, adaptable to trolley, easy to clean).
Should you consider certifying the containers instead of the vehicles? For sure! First of all, save some money: it is not necessary to modify the fleet, maintenance costs are lower, it is possible to manage shipments of different temperature ranges within the same vehicle. And on top of that go greener thanks to CarryTemps’ great environmental advantage: it is an ECO solution, which works perfectly in combination with electric vehicles.
Get it right, make it easy
CarryTemp offers you an easy, economical and efficient way to turn your conventional vehicle into an ATP transport in no time at all – find out more here!