Pharmaceuticals and Expedited Freight Truckload Carriers: Why the Two Go Hand-In-Hand

Pharmaceuticals and Expedited Freight Truckload Carriers: Why the Two Go Hand-In-Hand

Pharmaceutical shipments are often sensitive in more ways than one. They require special care, and that's where expedited freight comes in. Here are just some of the reasons why pharmaceutical freight and expedited shipping go hand-in-hand.


Oftentimes, medication and pharmaceuticals are extremely time-sensitive. Quite literally, many pharmaceuticals deal with life-and-death situations. If a shipment gets delayed, it can make a huge difference in the quality of care a patient gets. That's why truckload carriers offer expedited freight services. Expedited trucking can make a quick delivery and still follow all proper precautions put in place.

Increased Protection

If you ship with less than truckload (LTL) shipping services, then your freight is placed on a truck with many other shippers' freight. That means your freight is going to be stopping at many locations before it reaches its final destination. The increased number of stops means more handling and more risk of damage or even theft. With truckload expedited services, that isn't an issue.

Temperature Control

Most pharmaceuticals, but not all, require temperature controls in place to help ensure the integrity of the goods while in transit. As long as the shipper tells the truckload carriers that their freight requires temperature control, the truckload carrier can establish standard operating procedures to help ensure your freight is stored at the right temperature.

Customized Care

The beauty of full truckload expedited freight is that one shipper's freight is the only one on the truck. The reason that matters with pharmaceuticals is that the shipper can have special requirements, and the truckload carriers should be able to accommodate them. You have to work out any specialized logistics ahead of time, but the carrier should be able to do what the shipper needs to help ensure the protection and integrity of the freight.

The value of freight moved is expected to increase from $882 per ton in 2007 to $1,377 per ton in 2040, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Pharmaceuticals are certainly a valuable type of freight, so they need to be managed as such. Contact us today if your freight requires any of the special treatments mentioned above.

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