Published in Journal of Applied Packaging Research, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 1, 2009, pages 27-38. Copyright © 2009 DEStech Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
The increase in global trade allows packaged products to be shipped across borders using inter-modal transportation. Trucks are still the most prevalent mode for surface shipments and time sensitive transport perishable products such as fresh produce. This study focused on measuring the transportation environment in truck shipments from various packing houses to major retail distribution centers in Thailand and then the subsequent distribution to regional stores in smaller trucks. Test measurements were compared to test methods used in North America and Europe. This study compared the quality of cabbage, lettuce, plums and pears after being shipped in truck transport by quantifying the level of bruises and cuts on fruit.