Specification for the transport of chilled and frozen parcels launched

BSI, the business standards company, has launched a publicly available specification (PAS) related to chilled and/or frozen goods delivery services. PAS 1018:2017 Indirect, temperature-controlled refrigerated delivery services – Land transport of refrigerated parcels with immediate transfer – Specification was sponsored by Yamato Holdings, and provides expert guidance and requirements to those who work in the chilled and/or frozen parcel delivery service.

PAS 1018 was developed in response to increasing global demand for chilled courier services and the expansion of mail-order services. In recent years there has also been an increase in small quantity business-to-business chilled and frozen goods deliveries. Improving convenience for delivery service users is a key goal of PAS 1018, with food, beauty goods or plant products being some of those goods likely to be delivered in accordance to the specification of the PAS.

Richard Taylor, Standards Market Development Director at BSI, said:

“PAS 1018 will help chilled parcel delivery service companies improve the efficiency and quality of their day-to-day operations, with the goal of better meeting the needs of their customers. Organizations which follow the requirements of PAS 1018 will also bolster their reputation in this fast-growing and competitive market by adhering to a comprehensive and quality specification.”

Shigeyuki Takano, Manager for Corporate Strategy at Yamato, said:

“The express parcel delivery service has been rapidly growing globally, backed by buoyant e-commerce demand. PAS 1018 is a global specification which will benefit both the industry and customers of chilled delivery products.”

PAS 1018 covers:

  • Transportation of chilled or frozen parcels in temperature-controlled land transportation vehicles via geographical routing systems
  • Requirements for resources, equipment, operations and communications to delivery service users
  • Refrigerated parcels handling
  • Conditions for operation sites, refrigerated vehicles, cold stores and cooling materials
  • Work instructions, operational manuals and staff training
  • Monitoring and improving the refrigerated delivery service

PAS 1018:2017 was developed using a collaborative consensus-based approach involving organizations from within the supply chain, food handling, environmental, transportation and courier services, amongst others.

Global organizations involved in the development of PAS 1018 include:

BSI Consumer & Public Interest Network; Cambridge Refrigeration Technology; Cold Chain Logistics Committee of China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing; Dearman; Food Storage & Distribution Federation; Hitotsubashi University; Ideaspeak International; Japan Direct Marketing Association; Japan Association for Logistics and Transport; Japan Sagawa Express Co., Ltd; London South Bank University, Centre for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Research; National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology; Nichirei Logistics Group Inc.; Ocado; Paneltex Ltd.; Post Co. Ltd; President Transnet Corporation; The  Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association; The Japan Frozen Food Association; The Japan Institute of Logistics Systems; Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.

For more information, please visit https://shop.bsigroup.com/PAS1018

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