Why RQL Should be Your FSMA Compliant Transportation Provider
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has raised the bar on food safety, yet many food producers are at risk because their transportation providers are not yet complying with the law.
Meeting the high standards set by the FSMA is a challenge for producers, processors, distributors and retailers. While companies upgrade their internal processes, train their employees and scramble to understand the new requirements, many don’t realize the impact on their transportation function.
The FSMA poses new challenges for transportation and logistics providers too. The requirements impact equipment, temperature control, training and various details too lengthy to list. Additionally, the act requires a significant amount of documentation that was not previously necessary.
Carrier Compliance is Like Herding Cats
The food supply chain is dependent on a fleet of carriers, who transport food from the farms to the forks. Unfortunately, that fleet is usually spread out geographically and owned by multiple trucking companies. Additionally, carriers are running their own businesses, so sometimes they need to move equipment and drivers to other customers.
Managing carrier compliance in this dynamic, complex system is like herding cats. Fortunately, there are companies like RQL, who know exactly what it takes to develop and manage a FSMA compliant carrier network.
RQL is More Than a Low Price
Traditionally, food shippers have used freight brokerage companies because they could provide access to carriers, convenience and most importantly a low price. While these features are important, they are not enough in our current regulatory environment.
The real value you get with a good quality freight brokerage company like Rankin Quality Logistics is a supply chain partner, who can manage carrier compliance and keep your food safe and clean.
RQL has always specialized in cold chain transportation and we fully understand the FSMA requirements. More importantly, our carrier network understands and complies to the FSMA.
To learn more about RQL’s unique approach to FSMA compliance, download RQL’s latest presentation on FSMA and Food Safety.
Why Choose Us
- Cold chain experts who specialize in transporting poultry, meat, produce and dairy products
- Food safety fanatics who are compliant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) trained people on staff – we prevent problems before they happen
- Dedicated account management – cold chain shipments require a higher level of coordination and communication and that is exactly what we provide
- Technology – we have invested in state of the art transportation management systems, load tracking sensors and load board to ensure that we bring every advantage to our customers
RQL has worked with our company for several years. We continue to utilize their services because their staff is friendly and accommodating. They ensure on time service when picking up and delivering our loads. RQL is extremely dependable, offer regular updates, and they are committed to customer service.
RQL offers proficient assistance when handling my loads. I can always count on their carriers to have reliable and prompt delivery times. When calling for an update, they give accurate dispatch information and are prone to helping fulfil my needs. RQL is a pleasure to work with.
I have been working with RQL for approximately 4 years. There are several reasons that I continue working with this company, specifically Jake. Jake’s prices are extremely competitive and he is willing to keep prices current through the season’s changes. RQL stays in constant communication, gives daily updates, and offers additional information when asked. Jake, along with his coworkers, work to understand my needs and fill them in a very professional and timely fashion.