Source: Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (GDV), Berlin 2002-2007.
- Deep freeze (-25 to -30 Celsius). The coldest temperature range that can be maintained by conventional refrigerated units. This temperature range is used mostly for transporting seafood (particularly shrimp, which is the world's most consumed seafood) and ice cream.
- Frozen (-10 to -20 Celsius). Used for transporting frozen meat, including beef, poultry and pork. Frozen bakery (cakes, bread) also falls within this temperature range.
- Chill (2 to 4 Celsius). This range comprises the standard temperatures in a refrigerator and is commonly used to transport fruit, vegetables and fresh meat as it confers optimal shelf life without freeze damage.
- Pharmaceutical (2 to 8 Celsius; not shown). The temperature range at which most pharmaceutical goods, like vaccines, are transported. However, pharmaceuticals are rarely transported in ISO reefers, but in smaller refrigerated packages for van and air transport.
- Banana (12 to 14 Celsius). This is temperature range is chosen for one of the world's most produced fruit that usually has its ripening controlled during shipping. It is also used for most tropical fruits (oranges and pineapples) and vegetables (tubers such as potatoes).