It is the independent umbrella association for the temperature-controlled road transport sector.
It comprises 25 national member associations and unites approximately 1,700 members involved in temperature-controlled logistics and the transportation of foodstuffs by tankers.
It was founded as an Association in 1955, and it is a non-profit organisation.
Membership is open to:
- All parties involved with or interested in the transport at controlled temperatures of foodstuffs and other goods in solid or liquid form;
- Haulage companies which transport foodstuffs or perishable goods using insulated vehicles, refrigerated vehicles and road transport tankers at temperatures above or below zero;
- Manufacturers of commercial vehicles, trailers, vehicle bodies, refrigerating equipment and accessories as well as technical testing organisations;
- Service companies which provide technical assistance, insurance and damage assessment services, legal assistance and en-route support; and
- Patrons who support the association's objectives.
Transfrigoroute International has set the following objectives:
- To increase profitability, productivity and quality of offerings and services;
- To improve the logistics of the cold chain from production to sale and distribution;
- To encourage technical progress, in particular in relation to food hygiene, environmental protection, road safety and economic efficiency;
- To improve the industry’s image; and
- To enhance the competitiveness of market participants through the provision of tailor-made services.
Transfrigoroute International is active in the following sectors:
- Co-ordinated representation of members' interests toward public authorities and decision makers;
- Provision of advice to international Government bodies and other multinational committees;
- Shaping legislation through collaboration with international bodies such as the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva;
- Co-operation with partner organisations such as the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in Geneva, the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) in Paris, the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA) in Brussels, etc.;
- Intensive contact with other professional associations and organisations;
- Enlargement of the political network of Transfrigoroute International through the creation and promotion of Transfrigoroute teams in member-states; and
- Public relations activities.
- Publication of technical documents for the manufacture and operation of temperature-controlled vehicles and equipment;
- Arranging for manufacturers of vehicles, refrigeration units and other accessories to share their experience and knowledge;
- Detailed examination of all issues surrounding technical development and the harmonisation of design criteria; and
- Advice to hauliers on technical matters relating to transport and storage of temperature-sensitive products.
- Central organisation and coordination point;
- Annual meetings, congresses, conferences, workshops, etc;
- Forum for information, exchange of ideas and multinational cooperation between haulage companies;
- Promotion of co-operation between the transport and industry sectors;
- Providing information on the latest profession- and industry-specific issues;
- Information on rules and regulations;
- Training drivers;
- Advice on all matters relating to temperature-controlled transport;
- Publication of Frigoriscope, the newsletter of Transfrigoroute International including a complete list of contact details;
- Publication of technical booklets and guidelines; and
- Fostering of the corporate identity.
Information provided on the association’s website www.transfrigo.com