When you consider the primary uses for a refrigerated courier truck, it’s likely that you think of the transportation of perishable foods items such as dairy products, meats and frozen foods. And while this is the most common appeal for the hire or purchase of refrigerated trucks, the popularity of these trucks is readily increasing every year. Why? Cold trucks are growing in popularity because of the versatility and benefits associated with them. The enclosed nature of refrigerated trucks effectively protects both dry and refrigerated freight from spoilage, theft, damage, and weather conditions.

So what goods, other than food, require refrigerated courier trucks for transport?

1. Pharmaceuticals

Some pharmaceutical items require a certain temperature to maintain their safety and efficacy. When transporting medicine and pharmaceuticals, especially over long distances, there’s always the risk that the products can spoil and become dangerous to use. So, this is why major pharma distribution companies will seek the help of a refrigerated courier when moving products. These products include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Eye and ear drops
  • Antibiotics
  • Tablets
  • Injectables / Vaccines
  • Laboratory equipment
  • MRI machines
  • Blood samples


2. Cosmetics and Perfume

The cosmetic industry relies heavily on the accessibility of refrigerated courier trucks. This is due to the chemical impact that heat and direct sunlight have on beauty products. Heat exposure causes wax, oil and water to separate which sabotages the effectiveness of the product. Perfumes react similarly to heat and sunlight by oxidising when overexposed, resulting in a spoiled scent. And, when it comes to natural products, due to the lack of preservatives in the composition of the product, they can be much more sensitive and reactive to bad bacteria caused by heat. The products that benefit from refrigeration include:

  • Perfume
  • Makeup (lipstick, eyeliner pencils, mascara, foundation, pressed powders etc)
  • Shampoos, body wash, face cleansers
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant/ antiperspirant
  • Bar soap


3. Animals

Yes surprisingly enough, some animals require temperature-controlled transportation.

In an effort to conserve endangered species, the guidelines for the non-air transport of live wild animals include regulations for temperature and ventilation modifications. The animals that require a temperature-controlled environment include:

Honey Bees

Because honey bees produce large amounts of heat, when they are carried in cargo for long periods of the time, the heat being generated is unable to escape. This can impact the health of the bees and cause the production of honey to stop. The excess heat inside the truck also holds the potential for further damages. Because of this, it’s much simpler to arrange a refrigerated courier truck.


When zoos need to transport penguins over long distances, temperature is a major concern for their health and cooling methods are required. It’s recommended that penguin species from Antarctic climates should be shipped in climate-controlled vehicles. The added benefit of using an enclosed space is the privacy factor, as the penguins won’t be disturbed by unwarranted public excitement.


Refrigerated Courier Truck Versatility

With the remote import/export of some of these listed products being a necessity, the success of these markets lies in effective logistics schemes.

This is why Scully RSV offers flexible refrigerated courier hire arrangements on trucks ranging from one-tonne cool back utes to specialised high-back 12-tonne trucks, with single-day to yearly rental periods offered. Whether you require a refrigerated courier truck to transport perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, animals, supplements, beverages, or flowers, we will find you the perfect vehicle for the job.

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