The journey of hauling and transporting fresh salmon has a variety of different challenges; the biggest one: the race against time.
Challenges of Transporting Salmon
Salmon is highly perishable due to its natural oils and fats. So, if the commodity gets exposed to warm temperatures, it can decrease its quality very quickly.
Delays with any type of shipment are a natural part of the supply chain, however, a delay of even a few hours can impact the freshness and market value of the salmon.
Impact Road Transportation Has on Hauling Salmon
Typically, some of the best and highest quality fisheries are in more remote areas, which have roads that are maintained less-than-ideal.
Which is why truckers that are driving this unique commodity play an important role.
A salmon transport vehicle is not the same as a normal freight truck. Typically, the standard is the latest 3-axle truck with state of the art refrigerator semi-trailers.
Furthermore, extra training from the driver is encouraged and needed, largely because the shelf life can be different depending on the salmon, as well as the challenges of driving in rougher winter conditions.
This commodity poses a unique challenge for logistics providers. Quick and responsive communication is quite important, as well as having efficient routing, reliable vehicles, flexibility, and contingency plans in case of any unexpected delays, AJOT notes.
Current indications for the future of transporting salmon show an increased trajectory in salmon exports.
Not just that but the increased exposure of AI-driven route optimization, advanced refrigeration technologies, and even autonomous driving may start becoming the norm.
On the fleet side of things, the evolution of salmon transportation could create both challenges and opportunities. If the salmon market continues to increase, that would provide fleets with the opportunity for more but also would require them to invest in upgrades to be able to handle an increasing market.
Should you have any questions regarding this and how it could impact your shipments, please reach out to our team today.
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