Reefers - interesting facts

Reefers - interesting facts

Reefers – interesting facts

Reefers - interesting facts

Wondering if it’s better to use a reefer for sure?

Here’s some interesting information you might want to familiarize yourself with if you plan to transport products that require controlled temperatures during travel, such as food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals (such as dyes), plants, or candles. The reefer’s controlled temperature range is -30°C to 30°C.

Note the seasons:

Remember that the season in the country of shipment does not always correspond to weather conditions throughout the transportation route. Therefore, for goods that require temperature-controlled storage, it is advisable to use reefers.

Attention to sunlight:

Remember that both during transportation, but also while waiting to be loaded at the terminal yard, the container is exposed to temperature and sunlight. Studies have shown that the temperature in standard containers during sea travel can range from -30°C to nearly 60°C . Experts have also shown that the largest temperature changes occur during overland transportation.

Color of the container:

Something as inconspicuous as the color of a container can drastically change the way the container absorbs and regulates heat. With an outside emperaturę of just 25°C, the inside emperaturę of a white container reaches just 38°C, while the inside of a brown shipping container heats up to 50°C! Arguably, this is why reefer containers are manufactured in bright colors.

Temperature precision:

Refrigerated goods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheeses often require maintaining a more precise temperature range of 0°C to 10°C. For frozen goods, such as meat, fish, where only low temperatures below zero are required, the range is usually less complicated to maintain.

Moisture control:

When transporting products in reefer containers, in addition to temperature, we can also set the appropriate humidity and ventilation. These parameters are crucial when transporting sensitive products such as fruits and vegetables, among others. Humidity can affect condensation inside the container, which in turn can have a negative impact on stored products. Proper air circulation is also very important.

Odors and gases:

Refrigerated goods, especially those with strong odors, may emit a gas or odor that affects other goods transported in the same reefer. Some food products, especially those with strong aromas, may penetrate the packaging and affect other goods, which is particularly important in the case of mixed cargoes in the same container. Therefore, we suggest loading homogeneous goods into one container.

Over the years, reefers have become increasingly technologically advanced. As a result, they are able to provide precise transport conditions for different types of goods, whether they require refrigeration or freezing. This makes it possible to meet the growing and advanced requirements of the transportation industry.

Remember: it is the shipper of the goods who knows his product and its properties best, and it is he who is responsible for indicating the right temperature and conditions for transporting his goods.


You can read more about reefers, how they work, the history of their creation, their advantages and disadvantages, and what inactive refrigerated containers are here: REEFER – WHAT IT IS, HOW IT WORKS, THE HISTORY OF ITS CREATION + ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES AND WHAT ARE INACTIVE REFRIGERATED CONTAINERS