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What is a reefer container?

Reefer container

What is a reefer container?

Reefer containers or refrigerated containers are used to transport goods requiring temperature-controlled conditions in transit. Products such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat are typical goods to ship in this kind of shipping container. Reefer containers are fitted with a refrigeration unit which is connected to the electrical power supply on board the ship.

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What are the dimensions and specifications of reefer containers?

The specific dimensions and capacity of reefer containers (refrigerated containers) may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. The specifications listed below are, however, representative for the majority of reefer containers.

20' reefer container

Tare weight Payload capacity Cubic capacity Internal length
3,080 kg 27,400 kg
28.3 m3
5.44 m
6,791.4 lbs 60,417 lbs
999 cu ft
17.9 ft
Internal width Internal height Door opening width Door opening height
2.29 m 2.27 m
2.23 m
2.10 m
7.5 ft 7.5 ft
7.3 ft
6.9 ft

 

40' reefer container

Tare weight Payload capacity Cubic capacity Internal length
4,800 kg 27,700 kg
59.3 m3
11.56 m
10,584 lbs 61,078.5 lbs
2,093.3 cu ft
37.9 ft
Internal width Internal height Door opening width Door opening height
2.28 m 2.25 m
2.29 m
2.26 m
7.5 ft 7.4 ft
7.5 ft
7.4 ft

 

40' high cube reefer container

Tare weight Payload capacity Cubic capacity Internal length
4,480 kg 29,520 kg
67.3 m3
11.58 m
9,880 lbs 65,080 lbs
2,380 cu ft
38.0 ft
Internal width Internal height Door opening width Door opening height
2.29 m 2.40 m
2.29 m
2.57 m
7.5 ft 7.9 ft
7.5 ft
8.4 ft

 

45' reefer container

Tare weight Payload capacity Cubic capacity Internal length
4,850 kg 29,150 kg
67 m3
11.57 m
10,694.3 lbs 64,275.8 lbs
2,365.1 cu ft
38 ft
Internal width Internal height Door opening width Door opening height
2.27 m 2.55 m
2.29 m
2.26 m
7.4 ft 8.4 ft
7.5 ft
7.4 ft

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