Special Recommendations

CMA CGM’s reefer experts have drawn up a list of advice to follow from the moment you book a container right through to delivery at its final destination. The key of a successful shipment is the respect of some basic instructions for its preparation. Once received by our teams, your cargo will be handled with the best care to arrive at destination in optimal conditions.

Iulian Carbunaru

Iulian Carbunaru

Technical Manager at Reefer Department HO

Taking advantage of one of the newest, largest and most sophisticated refrigerated containers fleet, CMACGM Global Reefer Team aims to engage with its Customers to deploying the optimum conditions your perishable cargo needs to be transported to the destination. Just contact us!

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The packaging must:

  • Be designed, manufactured and stowed in a way that ensures optimal protection of the goods
  • Be able to withstand repeated handling in diverse and varied environments without damage
  • Be able to withstand the vertical pressures incurred when piling up crates/cartons
  • Allow good air circulation through the container to ensure optimum temperature control

The Pre Trip Inspection

PTI is a detailed inspection of the container and is meticulously carried out by our reefer experts to ensure that:

  • The container is clean,
  • The system is in perfect condition.

Specific PTI is done for pharmaceutical bookings.

Pre-Cooling Cargo

Before stuffing, cargo must be already at the temperature required. In most instances, goods have to be pre-cooled to the required optimal temperature for transport before being stuffed into Reefer container.

To avoid the problems associated with condensation, pre-cooling is not recommended excepted in case of stuffing in cold store room.

Packing and stowage of the goods inside the container are done by the shipper.

Key points to note:

  • As all Reefer containers are bottom air delivery, the entire floor surface of the reefer must be covered by the cargo. If that is not possible, then material such as cardboard, etc, should be used to cover the remainder.
  • Cargo can be palletized or in bulk, but in both cases, solid block stowage is recommended, leaving no space between the cartons or between the cartons and the container walls.

In that way, air is forced up through the cargo and the entire floor space will be covered and refrigerated.


Loading of pallets should be carefully done not to damage the baffle plate at the bottom of the container.

Storage conditions guide

You will find below a comprehensive but not exhaustive list of the various products transported, as well as the parameters and recommended settings for each: temperature, air renewal volume, etc.

Download our Conservation Guide

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