Heated vs. Unheated Trucking

Heated vs Unheated Trucking: When to Keep Your Products Warm


If you’re transporting goods over long distances during the Canadian winter, it’s common for the temperature of the contents to drop below freezing en route. For most products, it won’t matter if this happens. When they’re unloaded at the other end, they’ll still be in good condition. But there are certain compounds that can’t be frozen—and it’s important to ship them in a heated dry van.

Here at J&R Hall, we believe in building long-term relationships with our clients. That’s why we always advise our clients in situations where they need to use a heated dry van. This service-minded approach is what sets us apart from other Canadian trucking companies. We’re writing this blog to provide you with upfront information on freight that commonly needs to be heated during transportation.


Commonly Heated Products for Trucking Companies

  • Paints and primers
  • Ink and toner for printers
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Cosmetics
  • Juice or any kind of consumable beverage
  • Agricultural produce

In general, most heated goods tend to be a liquid of some kind. But heated dry vans are also used to protect the integrity of electronic components, which can degrade with prolonged exposure to lower temperatures. For example, think of what happens to your phone battery when you take it out in the cold!

Heated transportation is slightly more expensive than regular shipping, but the cost is negligible when compared to the money lost if the product arrives damaged. Especially in Canada, heated freight is practically mandatory for certain types of goods, during the middle months of winter.

There can be many situations where you need to protect the integrity of the product that you’re shipping. The team at J&R Hall can help ensure it arrives at its destination without issue. Visit our contact page to learn more about our trucking and transport services.


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J&R Hall Transport
June 16, 2017
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