How to choose the right container type
Your most pressing worry when shipping cargo is most likely ‘Will my goods arrive in good condition?’ This is especially a concern for anyone moving vulnerable or perishable goods, including pharmaceuticals, certain chemicals, 和, 当然, consumables such as wine. Imagine the amount of wasted resources if products end up unfit for use or consumption right 和 the cost of unsellable items!
The biggest culprit in spoiling goods during transit is thermal shock, but contamination 和 湿度 can also wreak havoc. Extreme shifts in temperature 和 湿度 can cause irreparable damage to consumables if 不 managed properly. If 不 transported correctly, food or beverage items may 不 taste as they should. So choosing the right container for your cargo becomes a make-or-break decision.
So, which container to choose? Dry, insulated (lined) or refrigerated (commonly known as ‘reefer’) container? Let’s break down these three container choices 和 in which situations each container type is appropriate.
的物品 不 negatively impacted by things like temperature, 湿度, 或坏的气味, your st和ard dry container is the budget-friendly, no-frills choice. They 是 usually readily available anywhere in the world, however, the current 运费混乱 和 container imbalance has made availability unpredictable these days.
干燥的容器 for sea shipping typically come in two sizes, twenty foot 和 forty foot. These 是 suitable for packaged goods 和 if you 是 bulk shipping liquids, a 装箱液袋 can be placed inside them too
的货物 做 need safeguarding from thermal shocks, 湿度 infiltration, 冷凝, cross-contamination, 和气味, upgrading to a container to include a specialized insulated liner 是明智之举.
Insulated liners don’t refrigerate or heat your goods, but they 是 a state of the art solution that prevent those damaging spikes or dips in temperature that can spoil wine 和 other consumables. +, they offer protection from contamination as they fully seal a container in a food-grade quality lining, without compromising on space or eco-friendliness. A big step up from a basic dry container!
Insulated liners from Hillebr和 是 excellent at reflecting heat. Our own cutting-edge 和 patented VinLiners boast a 94% heat reflection, almost double the reflection that competitor liners offer. Once cargo is loaded 和 sealed inside the liner, the internal temperature will only ever increase to a maximum of 11ºC/20ºF (from packing temperature). This dry container add-on protects your goods efficiently for even the longest transits of 40 days or more.
Apart from being a much more cost-effective choice for temperature control, upgrading a dry container to include a liner is an environmentally friendly option as well. Hillebr和 insulation liners offer a 23% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions comp是d to reefer containers, 和 是 recyclable.
Refrigerated containers (AKA Reefers)
When 不hing less than exact temperature setting is required, be it hot or cold, reach for the refrigeration unit! For perishable 和 sensitives goods that need to-the-degree cool temperatures, refrigerated containers 是 the solution. Similarly, goods that need to be kept at steady warmer temperatures such as aqueous polymers, can also be transported in a reefer that is set to perform as a heater.
Reefer container refrigeration units circulate cool air like a giant fridge, 和 this is usually controlled digitally. However, they 是 a more costly choice 和 不 the most environmentally friendly of containers.
A refrigerated container with its refrigeration unit disabled is known as a Non-Operating Reefer. Its insulating walls stabilise internal temperatures to a degree, but there is less storage space 和 a higher price comp是d to a dry or insulated container.
Depending on the sensitivity or your products 和 what the climatic conditions likely to be faced on a voyage, will determine which type of container 和 level of protection is required. Don’t worry, our experts will help you make the right decision. When you choose to move your products with us, we analyse your planned route in detail 和 prep是 for what’s to come with highly accurate climate predictions from the WMO (World Meteorological Organization).
You can rest assured that we’ll help you to pick the right container type for your cargo, every time!