Refrigerated shipping containers are also known as “reefers” and are used for intermodal transport or shipping in freight. The refrigeration properties of these containers help them to protect temperature sensitive goods and preserve them during shipping.
These shipping containers allow the shipment of fresh meats, produce, medicines, and a variety of other products that are temperature sensitive.
There are many instances where refrigerated shipping containers can be extremely useful. For example, at a large event the container can be used for the storage of food or other perishables. They can be used as a large walk-in cooler or to ship items across the city, across the country or overseas.
There are several factors that should be taken into consideration when one is shopping for refrigerated shipping containers. Some of the more important factors are the condition, the age and the size of the container. Here are some of the main things that you should check:
1. Determine what your needs are. Do you need a 20 foot container or a 40 foot one? The size of the container is going to depend on the quantity of items that you want to ship and the space that you have available for the container to sit in. If the container is to be transported, it will need to fit onto the truck or whatever other shipment method you will be using for transport. The larger the container, the more expensive it will be. Most containers are eight feet, six inches high or nine feet, six inches high. The standard width is eight feed but extra wide containers can be found and they can also be as long as 48 feet.
2. Do some research to satisfy yourself what kind of condition you can expect the container to be in. A used container can be one that is well used and worn or it could be fairly new (after only being used a few times). So-called “one trip” containers are generally in nearly new condition. It is common knowledge that these containers are manufactured in Asia and are used just one time for cargo before they are sold. These may sustain some surface scratching during transport but are sold as “new or “like new”.
3. Is the shipping container specifically designed for shipping? If you plan to ship items, the container that you select should be cargo-worthy, particularly if it is going to be shipped over great distances. If you need to ship items in refrigerated shipping containers overseas, they are required to have a CSC plate. These are factors that ensure the quality of the container and ensure that goods are preserved during shipment. Cargo-worthy containers have been inspected by a certified cargo survey and are deemed worthy to transport cargo overseas. The CSC plate is what allows the container to be shipped overseas. Without that certification and plate, the container cannot be shipped overseas.
4. What is the container made from? Containers that are manufactured from “corten steel” are best for locations near constant bad weather or if you are going to place them near the sea. This type of material is used in construction projects and is able to stand up to rougher weather without succumbing to rust or other types of serious damage the may make the container unusable.
5. Is there a factory paint label? If refrigerated shipping containers are newer, they will have this label. Refurbished containers can be identified by the peeling paint because they are often painted over top of rust. Factory paint means that the container is generally only painted just one time – at the time when the container was manufactured.
6. Is there a “no shipping label”? This generally means that there is not a company logo on the container. This means that the container will be painted one colour and will not have a lot of other markings.
7. Take a close look at the refrigeration system. You want to know what type of internal refrigeration system is inside the container. Internal refrigeration systems use external power supplied by a train, ship or a truck when they carry such containers. Refrigerated shipping containers can be run with diesel-powered generators that are attached to them, so if the container is going to be stored in an area that does not have proper ventilation, this may be a concern. If this is going to be a problem, the option of a refrigerated container that has a water cooling system is perfect for cooling a container down when there is no access to proper ventilation.
8. If shipping containers with refrigeration are labelled “as-is” then they are in a worn condition but are probably the most economical option available. They are generally retired by a shipping company due to damage, rust or leaks and may have several shipping labels painted onto them.
9. Make sure that the shipping container that you choose is fully sealed and does not have any cold air leaking from the interior. You want your goods to be protected from the outside elements so you need to make certain that the shipping container is going to stand up to water and to wind. If you need to ensure that containers are completely safe and secure then you need to purchase them new from a reliable container dealer.
10. How long are you going to need and use the container for? If the container is for storage of perishable products but you only need it for a specific time frame, renting shipping containers with refrigeration might be a great option. This is a good option because once your use of the container is at an end you can simply have the container removed. You won’t have to worry about selling it or otherwise disposing of it.
Many people buy shipping containers “sight unseen”. With many companies they might have something to be concerned about, but Tiger Containers has been in this business for more than thirty years. We take extreme pride in excellent customer relations and providing our customers with exactly what it is that they want. The starting point is to contact us and let us know what you need or are hoping for in a refrigerated shipping container.