Have you ever thought how foods such us fruits, fish, vegetables travel across the world to the USA? Since first cargo container invented in 1950’s ocean shipping industry improved with high technology. Shipping food products became much more easier than before with a high tech reefer containers. International trade is getting global and technology enables us to reach different foods and goods from different counties. Now we can easily find tropical fruit or vegetables in off-season when you go to your local supermarket.
Special refrigerated containers that commonly called reefers, is one of the biggest improvement in the shipping industry. They provide us with tropical fruits and veggies off-season. Reefers can control temperatures, allowing everything from fish, fruit, meat, and vegetables to pharmaceuticals traveling big distances from far lands. Moreover, refrigerated containers offer more energy efficient ways to move fresh products from point A to point B.
Reefer containers generally come in 20 foot and 40 foot lengths, with the same general dimensions as that of dry cargo containers of the same size. Though, there is just a little less space available inside the reefer container due to the space occupied by the refrigeration unit and ventilation equipment. Some reefers also allow the atmosphere in the container to be controlled so for example, bananas can be shipped between continents without turning brown. [Read more...]