Temperature Control Regulations (TCR)

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The Temperature Control Regulations (TCR) is a set of rules that governs the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods or products, such as food, pharmaceuticals, and other perishable items. The regulations aim to ensure that such products are transported and delivered in optimal conditions that maintain their quality and safety.

The TCR requires that transporters of temperature-sensitive products have adequate equipment and facilities to maintain the required temperature levels during transportation. Trucking companies must ensure that their vehicles have proper temperature control systems installed, such as refrigeration or heating units, that can maintain the set temperature range for the goods being transported.

Additionally, the TCR requires that drivers receive proper training on the handling and transportation of temperature-sensitive products. This training includes understanding the necessary temperature requirements for each product and how to
monitor and maintain temperature levels during transportation.

The TCR also mandates that records be kept for each shipment, including details of the product, the temperature range, and the duration of transportation. These records must be kept for a specified period and made available for inspection by regulatory authorities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature-controlled transport refers to the transportation of goods that require a specific temperature range to maintain their quality and integrity. These may include perishable items such as food, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. The temperature is monitored and regulated throughout the entire transportation process to ensure that the product reaches its destination in optimal condition. This type of transport is essential in maintaining the safety and efficacy of temperature-sensitive products.

The temperature range for shipping varies depending on the type of goods being transported. However, a common temperature range for shipping is between -20°C (-4°F) and +25°C (77°F).

This range accommodates a wide range of products, including perishable food items, pharmaceuticals, and certain chemicals. It is important to maintain the specified temperature range throughout the shipping process to ensure product quality, safety, and
compliance with regulatory requirements.