Businesses ranging from chemical supply companies and manufacturing operations to laboratories and hospitals need chemicals for any number of diverse applications. Transporting chemicals to customers, however, requires a higher degree of logistical planning than standard goods. 

This is particularly true for those chemicals that are temperature-sensitive or would negatively impact the environment or an individual’s health should their containers incur damage. Certain phenols, acids, and related chemicals may combust if they overheat, while substances like alcohols and ethers can emit flammable vapors if they reach their flash point. 

Proper temperature control in chemical transportation and warehousing is vital for maintaining the integrity and quality of chemicals. If stored improperly, the physical properties of a chemical substance may be altered, or a substance may become less stable or effective.

At Mulder Brothers Brokerage, we understand the complexity of temperature-sensitive product logistics from our work with frozen foods and related products. With an extensive background in temperature-controlled transportation and warehousing, our team is here to support customers with their cold chain needs nationwide. We’re committed to providing a Service First™ approach, offering reliable logistical solutions for frozen goods transportation with an emphasis on safety and regulatory compliance.

Safety and Compliance

When it comes to chemical transportation, there are strict rules regarding environmental and health protection as well as general safety requirements to prevent accidents and fire outbreaks. One example would be the Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) standards, as well as local and federal regulations on chemical handling, the necessary insurance one must carry, and the required documentation for such shipments. Chemicals are often accompanied by a material safety data sheet (MSDS), which documents the nature of the shipment, its potential hazards to humans and the environment, and how to safely handle the chemical. 

The ideal logistics partner will protect clients from safety- and compliance-related liabilities by ensuring that carriers strictly adhere to all the necessary standards. 

Mulder Brothers focuses on safety and compliance in all our operations, with an experienced team to ensure proper transport conditions and efficient, optimized logistics for shipments. We’re very familiar with ensuring regulatory compliance from our work in the consumable goods sector, which has its own safety standards. Our team works closely with a network of trusted third-party logistics (3PL) partners to meet all applicable regulations for transporting temperature-controlled products like frozen foods.

Chemical Transportation Services

In addition to compliance factors, shipping chemicals comes with strict temperature requirements. The safe temperature range for frozen goods, for example, is typically from -4° F to 14° F. If thermal conditions were to rise above that within a truck’s trailer, such products would experience degradation and no longer be safe or of sufficient quality to sell.

Mulder Brothers has years of experience in refrigerated and frozen transportation and cold chain logistics. We and our carrier partners employ a number of technologies and devices to ensure proper temperature control, including:

  • Refrigerated or reefer trucks 
  • Double-walled trucks for optimal insulation
  • Motor-powered cooling systems for active temperature control on trucks
  • Dry ice, gel or liquid nitrogen packs, insulating quilts, and other passive temperature controls
  • Temperature monitoring systems for real-time data collection on thermal conditions
  • GPS monitoring for optimal cold chain management

We provide less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping services for clients looking to transport partial loads of temperature-sensitive goods. With LTL shipments, you share the cost of transport with other shippers and don’t have to wait until you have a full truckload ready to ship, making this service a cost-effective and time-saving transportation solution. Mulder Brothers also specializes in cross-docking, redelivery, and warehousing for frozen consumable goods.

Chemical Warehousing Services

Just as temperature-sensitive chemicals must stay within their proper thermal range during transport, such temperatures must also be maintained and closely monitored during storage. It’s important to work with warehousing services that can address your refrigerated or frozen storage needs.

At Mulder Brothers, cold chain transportation is our area of expertise. Currently, we partner with Cold-Link Logistics for non-chemical applications. The company operates four warehouses with capabilities for refrigerated and frozen storage for foods and related goods. Working with a logistics broker with its own warehouses allows manufacturers and shippers to streamline their cold chain, eliminating the need to locate and arrange for cold storage with yet another party. 

Why Mulder Brothers Is the Right Choice

At Mulder Brothers, handling the details is what we do best, enabling you to focus on your core business. 

Our team offers specialized transportation and 3PL logistics services to ensure the safe and efficient transport of a wide range of temperature-sensitive foods and products. Our commitment to safety, compliance, and customer satisfaction, along with our network of vetted carrier partners, allows us to provide turnkey solutions for clients in varied industries across the nation. 

To begin serving customers in the chemical industry, we’ll be looking to expand our capabilities to accommodate their transportation and warehousing needs in the future.

Contact us today for more information on how Mulder Brothers can support your operations.

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