Refrigerated Shipping Containers - Benefits And Uses

Refrigerated shipping containers, also known in the industry as reefer containers, are temperature controlled containers used to store and transport perishable and temperature-sensitive items such as meats, dairy, fruits, plants and more.

When shipping containers were first invented, they revolutionised the way goods were transported. They reduced shipping times, streamlined loading and unloading cargo and vastly improved space utilisation on ships and in ports. Unfortunately, they still hadn’t solved the problem of storing and transporting temperature-sensitive items.

Thankfully some engineers went to work and came up with the insulated container which would eventually evolve to become the reefer container.

How Do Refrigerated Containers Work?

The goods inside Reefers are kept cool by circulating cold air throughout the container. The cold air is pumped at the bottom of the container which then circulates around and over the items before exiting the container at the top of the unit back around to the refrigeration system

What Are Refrigerated Shipping Containers Used For?

While they are primarily used for transporting temperature-sensitive cargo, there are many other times reefer containers can come in handy:

  • Portable Cold Storage - This is particularly popular with festival and event organisers. Any festival or event that will have hundreds or thousands of visitors needs to be able to provide food to those visitors. Having a large, portable cold storage container can make things much easier.
  • Factory/Lab Storage Solutions - Factories or laboratories that deal with sensitive foods and raw materials need to ensure they have plenty of storage space for said foods. Running out of space simply isn’t an option as it will result in unhappy customers, clients and suppliers. Many factories and labs have cottoned on to the idea of using refrigerated containers as extra storage for their items thanks to the relatively low cost of obtaining and running them.
  • Disaster Relief - Reefer shipping containers have been used effectively in transporting necessary items to affected areas for years. Being able to move vast quantities of medicine, food and other life-saving goods effectively and quickly is vital to bring relief to people and areas that have suffered through a disaster.

With 40, 20 and 10 ft containers for sale, at ContainerCo we can meet all your cold storage needs! Our containers come in standard height, are wind and water-proof and come with additional accessories like secure lock boxes!

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At ContainerCo we have refrigerated containers for sale NZ wide in a range of sizes and configurations. You can hire for the short term or long term, or purchase containers for a permanent solution to your needs. We have 40 ft, 20 ft and 10 ft shipping containers for sale NZ wide, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

We also offer double doors, side doors, open tops and four-door containers, high cube containers, refurbished shipping containers and other container modifications NZ-wide. Buy containers from one of our depots around the country and have them modified by our highly-skilled team.

We can provide you with shipping containers in a variety of sizes, for many purposes. We have containers for sale Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and NZ-wide, as well as container hires Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and NZ-wide.

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