In the area of cargo shipping, temperature control is more important than many people might think.
For example, differences in temperature between a freight container and the outside world can immediately damage the cargo. Sometimes, this discrepancy results in too much moisture within a container, which then causes corrosion and other damage.
Obviously, airplanes operate at extremely cold temperatures when at maximum altitude. For some sensitive types of cargo, this could be destructive.
That's why China Airlines recently announced that it will be introducing temperature-controlled airfreight services, according to an article on Air Cargo World. With this decision, China Airlines is indicating its desire to enter the market for high-value pharmaceutical products.
While these medical supplies are part of a growing market, they are not easy to transport without the proper precautions. According to the news source, they need to be monitored constantly for dangerous temperature swings that could damage them.
China Airlines operates in China and Taiwan and transports cargo throughout Asia. It also offers services to the U.S. and Europe. The news source reported that the carrier will begin shipping its temperature-controlled cargo to Taipei, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Tokyo, Osaka and Singapore.
CargoSnapshot allows users to take pictures of each individual piece of cargo before, during and after a flight. In the event of freight damage or theft, the service allows the carrier to determine what happened, and whether it was at fault.
If customers receive medical supplies that have been damaged by temperature, China Airlines will want that evidence.