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Checklist for Reefer Cargo

While preparing your refrigerated shipment you should determine:  

  • the optimal temperature requirement 

  • the fresh air ventilation requirement (in cbm/hour) 

  • the transport time 

  • the practical shelf life of the product 

  • the volume of cargo 

  • the packaging materials and cartons used 

  • the recommended stowage pattern 

  • the required documentation, including legislative requirements 


Before and during stuffing you should make sure: 

  • the container is set at the optimal temperature and ventilation levels 

  • cargo is never stowed above the red load line 

  • cargo is stable and evenly stowed (weight should be distributed evenly for maximum stability and the entire floor should be covered) 

  • the total cargo weight does not exceed the maximum payload of the container 

  • the total weight of the container (including container, cargo, chassis and genset) does not exceed the road limitations in any country crossed during transport 

  • the entire load is stowed according to our stowage guidelines 

  • if cargo is palletized, dunnage is placed in the centre channel between pallets 

  • cargo is blocked and braced as necessary 

  • frozen or chilled cargo requirements are followed 

For frozen cargo: 

  • pre-freeze cargo before stuffing 

  • ensure that fresh-air ventilation is CLOSED  

For chilled cargo:  

  • pre-cool cargo before stuffing 

  • set unit at carrying temperature, not lower (a lower set point will not expedite the cooling process and may damage cargo) 

  • set fresh air ventilation as required