Transport of dry goods

What is room temperature transport?

Ambient or general cargo transport consists of transporting products of a diverse range of possibilities, which may or may not be foodstuffs. These are considered non-perishable or other goods. A multitude of trucks can carry this type of goods: from tarpaulins, to refrigerators as long as the goods are palletised, or moving floors, among others.
Read on to find out all about dry freight transport.

What type of goods does dry freight transport cover?

General cargo transport is the most predominant type of transport throughout Europe. Although refrigerated transport has gained in importance due to the longer preservation of foodstuffs, as well as the emergence of pharmaceutical transport. In this mode of land transport, the road truck guarantees the most efficient delivery over short distances of no more than 3000 km, where its efficiency begins to decline compared to rail or sea transport if there is no transhipment. There is a huge diversity of products for dry transport:

  • Transport of non-perishable foodstuffs that are packaged;
  • Those focused on consumer goods such as household appliances or home furnishings among others;
  • Materials from the iron and steel industry and others;
  • Bulk cargoes of all types of sands, minerals or others.

Is a refrigerated box suitable for the transport of general cargo?


Yes, the colloquially called “frigos” will always comply with this if the boxes have a refrigerator installed, which makes us a refrigerated transport, but we can also provide a dry transport service as long as it is palletised. The introduction of the pallets and the boom of the parcels, or ecommerce these days, made the refrigerated transport companies to see a vein to open business because this type of loads could be loaded in ”frigos” and in turn could meet the shortage of demand that there was. Allowing refrigerated transport companies to grow in a more planned way.

National and European regulations applicable to dry road transport

National regulations applicable to ambient temperature transport are those published in the BOE, latest publication in Royal Decree 70/2019 which amends the Regulation (ROTT) of the Land Transport Organisation Act (LOTT). On top of this are the European regulations that are the ones that regulate transport, especially at the level of driving and rest times (tachograph regulation where all members share rules, but unfortunately not interpretation of this).

Things to bear in mind before booking a transport at room temperature

  • Capacity of transport Is it palletised goods or not?
  • Make sure the goods do not need to be refrigerated
  • Estimated delivery time
  • Packing and handling
  • Legislation for the transport of general cargo

As most general cargo goods can be shipped by road, as well as by rail, sea or air. However, it is important to understand that, in the case of vehicles transporting goods at ambient temperatures, we have a great alternative to traditional tarpaulin transport as long as the load does not require side loading, and the load is palletised. The semi-trailer body of refrigerated trucks provides safety. New standards such as TAPA transport (high security) are required for the transport of certain goods.

More information and a quotation for our refrigerated goods transport services.