Types of Reefer Containers

Types of Reefer Containers

Reefer containers are temperature-controlled containers. They are used to transport temperature-sensitive goods from one place to another—for example, fruits, vegetables, cheese, etc. Reefers ensure proper shipment of temperature-sensitive goods, preventing spoilage. Medicines are also transported via these containers. 

What Does a Reefer Container do?

Reefer containers ships temperature-sensitive goods from one place to another. Several concerns arise from reefer transportation. These include leakages in the containers and lack of gas etc. This causes spoilage of goods. Hence, proper checks and balances should be done before loading your goods. There are several types of reefer containers:

  • Closed Reefer

The most commonly used reefer containers are closed reefers. It is designed in a way that it has both a heating and a cooling system. What comes to your mind about transportation via reefers? Medicines! This container has a front wall and is smaller in size. Overall it is a one-piece container. 

  • Controlled Atmosphere

These reefer containers are more modern in technology. They have advanced containers that ensure proper insulation. If you want to transport your goods more efficiently, use this strategy. It has an appropriate oxygen/ air exchange method that keeps the environment fresh. The atmosphere is fully maintained during the entire journey to keep your goods intact.

  • Automatic Fresh Air Management Containers (AFAM)

This is the most advanced type of reefer container to exist. It has better efficiencies than both closed reefers and a controlled atmosphere. For air exchange, it uses sensors to detect the required amount of temperature and apt level of atmospheric air. After this, it keeps the environment of the container according to that. I would suggest you use this type of reefer container for transportation. It might be expensive, but it is the most efficient. 

  • Others

There are several types of reefers that have separate dimensions. These include: 

  • 40 feet Ultra Freezer Container
  • 20 feet Dual Temperature Reefer Container
  • 40 feet Dual Temperature Reefer Container
  • 20 feet Triple Temperature Reefer Container


Q. What are the different types of containers?

There are several different kinds of containers. These include:

  • Dry vans
  • Special purpose containers
  • Open top containers
  • Reefers
  • ISO tanks 

Q. How are reefers powered?

When the engine is started, they are powered by vessel or shore power. Moreover, they use generator energy for working. Furthermore, some containers have a built-in generator to maintain their inner temperature. 


We see several types of reefer containers, but the most widely used are three. Among these three, the most efficient ones are automatic fresh air management as they have all the advanced technology systems built in them. Apart from that, you can also use a controlled atmosphere and closed reefers if you are short on budget and the time of your shipment is less. After completely getting sure of what you want, you can opt for a container. For more queries, you can visit Gillson Trucking.

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