Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2016.
Reefers Used for Temporary Cold Chain Storage
In several developing economies, the availability of cold
storage facilities is limited and building such storage can be
beyond the reach of small and medium-sized traders. Alternative
solutions, such as using reefers for the temporary storage of
frozen food, can be found. The importer is willing to pay an
additional demurrage (about $50 per day) to be able to use
reefers as a refrigerated warehouses and load refrigerated
delivery trucks directly from them. Once the contents of a
reefer have been fully unloaded for multiple smaller deliveries
(can take about a week), it is brought back to the container
yard. Second hand reefers can also be purchased and used as
permanent refrigerated storage.