Welcome to Northern Refrigerated Transportation, Inc.

Tania received a call today from a driver out of Texas, who wanted to let us know how great he thinks NRT is. The caller said it is nice to feel so at home when his real home is so far away. He said he is here at least once a week and is always treated with respect and kindness.

–Driver out of Texas

He has helped us out a ton. When there is an issue he finds us a solution. We really appreciate he and his team’s work. Barry If I lived close to you I would buy you a beer! Thanks for helping us out.

Matt | Stonyfield Organic

I’ve worked in transportation/logistics for over a decade and have spoken to a million drivers. Their job is demanding and can often be frustrating which leads so many of them to have a negative attitude wherever they go or they just stop caring. It’s really rare to come across a driver who stands out among the others.

Adreana | Wymore Transfer Co

Thank you for your time and wonderful service as always!

Ashley | Pacific Cookie

As a general rule, I don’t regularly compliment vendors or their staff.  However in the case of our Northern driver, Mario, I felt it necessary to pass on to you a special commendation. He is one of the best, if not the very best, driver that I deal with at Store #74.  Mario is always extremely courteous, efficient and attentive to the special needs at Store 74.  It is a pleasure working with him.I certainly look forward to continuing our business relationship with Mario going forward.

Joe | BevMo #74

Doug and Travis are great to work with. Especially Travis – but I work with him more frequently, so he has more chances to shine and shine he does!! 

Debi | Market Centre

I just wanted to let you know that I am very grateful to have Mario as my Unified driver. He always waits until I am ready for him even if there is Trucks before him. He is a great Worker and adjusts to any condition that is put in front of him. I feel like he is a big caring person and will not mind waiting.

Management | From everyone at Bevmo Store #145

Driver of the Year 2020 goes to these outstanding drivers:

Northern California Regional: Darrell T.
Southern California Regional: Denis C.
Northern California Local: Barnabas M.
Southern California Local: Alfredo A.
“I just wanted to say what an awesome job NRT has been doing lately!!  Everyone seems to be on point and just knocking it out of the Park!!  Excellent communication!!   EDI is great and the two day transit seems to be working very well!  Thank you and your Team for all the hard work as it is much appreciated!!”

Julie | US Cold

Team, I am so thankful for all the help you have provided me today. I will absolutely be a long term customer of yours and I am so appreciative for putting up with all the changes. Unfortunately, our company does not move a lot of refrigerated and frozen product relative to other customers you may have but I will definitely look your way when logistical needs. Thanks again!

Tony | Project Juice

“Cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships by delivering value driven transportation services.”

Your Trusted Refrigerated Transport Company

About Us

“Service is the Difference”

This isn’t just our motto; this is why our business exists today. Northern Refrigerated was founded by my parents in 1947 under the name Northern Milk Lines. The operation began by hauling milk cans and tankers from small dairies to the creamery. It has grown into a 200 truck operation serving the 6 western states by staying true to our motto. We have remained a family oriented company and believe that our greatest asset is our people. We are in business to cultivate partnerships with our customers, believing that in doing this, both will be successful. ~ Rick Mello 

Our Services

  • Warehousing
  • Re-Palletization
  • Cross Docking
  • Lift Gate Delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Temperature Controlled Shipments
  • Less Than Truckload Shipments (LTL)
  • Truckload Shipments (TL)
  • Freight Consolidation
  • Pool Shipment Redistribution
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Dedicated Truck Leasing

Customer Service

  • We are committed to service our customers to the best of our ability and encourage our customers’ participation for continuous improvement.

Ethics & Honesty

  • Relationships with customers, employees, and vendors based on sound, ethical and honest business practices.


  • The future of our companies is our employees. Their pride and commitment to the companies comes from the companies’ pride and commitment to them!

LTL Transit Times

Please use this tool if you have shipment and need to know what days NRT can pick it up and when it would deliver. Simply click the button above, follow the prompts and quickly see NRT’s transit schedule


Can I ship small orders without paying for the entire truck?

Yes! You can pay only for the pallet spaces you need by shipping LTL with us.

How long will my shipment take to deliver once it’s picked up?

We go to the same cities on the same days week after week so you can be assured you will get the quickest transit times possible. Click here for specific transit times https://northernrefrigerated.com/transit-locations/

Can I ship a pallet of ice cream as LTL?

Northern is one of the only LTL carriers that will handle ice cream. Please contact us to schedule your shipment.

How do you calculate your fuel surcharge?

Our FSC is based off the weekly diesel price per gallon listed for CA on the government website https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

If I ship a truckload, how many pallets can I fit in the trailer?

24 to 28 depending on the weight of the pallets/load

What is the maximum height of pallets that can fit in the trailers?

We recommend not exceeding 80” in total height

Is having the exact weight of freight necessary or can estimated weight work?

Yes. The rate you pay is based off of weight and miles so having the correct gross weight is critical

Can you guide me on scheduling my pickup?

Yes. You can contact your CSR or contact us at info@nrt.biz and we will gladly help you.

How can I track my shipment?

Click https://northernrefrigerated.com/track-a-shipment/ to track a shipment. There are also tutorial videos on our website to help you navigate our online tools.

Can you deliver shipments on the same day?

Yes. To arrange this please discuss your needs with your CSR or salesperson