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How to Transport Frozen Meat Long Distances

Todd Cawley | July 3rd, 2023

Transporting frozen meat can be a challenge, especially when traveling long distances. If you’re transporting frozen meat, you must ensure that it arrives at its destination safely and is still frozen. Here are some tips and tricks for transporting frozen meat long distances.

Choose the Right Vehicle

The first step in transporting frozen meat is to choose the right vehicle. A refrigerated truck or van is ideal for transporting frozen meat, as it will maintain a consistent temperature during transit. Select a vehicle with a reliable refrigeration system and proper insulation.


Proper packaging is crucial when it comes to transporting frozen meat. Ensuring the packaging is sturdy enough to withstand bumps and jostles during transit is essential. Use vacuum-sealed packaging or freezer bags that are leak-proof and can withstand extreme temperatures. Appropriately label any packaging with the contents, date, and temperature requirements.

Temperature Control

Maintaining the correct temperature during transit is critical to preserving the quality of frozen meat. Set the refrigerated truck or van temperature to -10°F to -20°F to ensure the meat stays frozen. Ensure that the temperature is consistently maintained throughout the entire journey.


Handling frozen meat during loading and unloading is crucial to avoid damage and spoilage. It’s essential to handle the meat gently and avoid dropping or tossing it. Use dollies or carts to move heavy packages to prevent damage.

Keep Records

Keep detailed records of the temperature and handling of the frozen meat during transit. This information can be used to identify and address any issues that arise during transport and can also be used to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.

In short, transporting frozen meat long distances requires careful planning, temperature control, proper packaging, and handling. With the right vehicle, equipment, and attention to detail, you can easily transport frozen meat safely and efficiently. Emerald Transportation Solutions provides customized refrigerated transportation solutions for all your business needs. For more information, please call us at 678-928-8619.

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