Container Weight Rules and Your 3PL Frozen Warehouse
The chatter on warehouse docks and in supply-chain and cold-chain command centers throughout the world is always buzzing with the “news of the day” or with the pros and cons of a new work rule or regulation. What might appear to be “good policy” on paper turns into actual work. The standard operating procedures (SOPs) are then revised for the employees who perform the day-to-day work of moving goods throughout the world — forklift drivers, export planners and managers. These functions are performed at all frozen warehouses like Palisades Logistics’ 3PL frozen warehouse Miami partner, Miami Frozen Storage.
Recent “talk of the day” concerns the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization’s) new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) rule which states all packed containers must have a verified gross weight before being loaded. Sounds simple enough, but the rule has rippling effects throughout the supply chain. Take the rule one step further – think of exporting frozen products and the additional requirements on 3PL frozen warehouses!
SOPs are living documents. As rules change, so do the SOPs. Our suggestion is for global shippers to partner with experienced and well-run frozen 3PL warehouses to do the work for them. In essence, a 3PL frozen warehouse is a part of the cold chain that BCOs (Beneficial Cargo Owners) outsource to rather than perform the work themselves. Think of them as an extension of your supply-chain team rather than simply a service provider.
At Palisades Logistics we encourage shippers and BCOs to partner with companies like Miami Frozen Storage and New Jersey Frozen Storage – two companies that are privately-owned and operated. In other words, the persons managing the day-to-day supply chain functions within your frozen warehouse (in this case a 3PL) are owners and have “skin in the game.” How much more likely is an operator to properly update SOPs and comply with the new verified gross weight rules put into effect by the IMO than a privately-owned 3PL frozen warehouse operator?
Certainly the ability to comply with new IMO rules and regulations is a concern for supply chain and cold chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as New Jersey Frozen Storage and Miami Frozen Storage. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.