Refrigerated containers are used for goods which need to be transported at a constant temperature above or below freezing point. These goods are divided into chilled goods and frozen goods, depending on the specified transport temperature.They principally include fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, such as butter and cheese. High-cube integral units are used in particular for voluminous and light goods (e.g. fruit, flowers).

Goods requiring refrigeration are mostly transported in integral units, which have a markedly higher market share than porthole containers. Chilled meat is sometimes also transported hanging, for which purpose the ceilings of refrigerated containers are equipped with special hook rails.


 20′ Reefer40′ Reefer
Max. Gross Weight30,480kg (67,200 lb)32,500 kg (71,650 lb)
Tare Weight3,000 kg (6,610 lb)4,920 kg (10,846 lb)
Payload27,480 kg (60,590 lb)27,480 kg (60,803 lb)
External Dimensions:  
Length6,058 mm (19′-10″)2,192 mm (40′-0″)
Width2,438 mm (8′-0″)2,438 mm (8′-0″)
Height2,591mm (8′-6″)2,591 mm (8′-6″)
Internal Dimensions:  
Length5,456 mm (19′-10″)11,577 mm (37′-11″)
Width2,294 mm (8′-0″)11,577 mm (7′-6″)
Height2,591 mm (8′-6″)2,591 mm (8′-6″)
lashings/Bottom rail4 pieces/side 6 pieces/side6 pieces/side
Loading Line (Height)2,198 mm (7′-2″) 2,152 mm (7’3/4″)2,457 mm (8′)
Door Opening:  
Width2,290 mm (7′-6″)2,290 mm (7′-6″)
Height2,264 mm (7′-5″)2,264mm (7′-5″)
Cubic Capacity28.4m3 (1,017 ft.3)59.8 m3 (2,111.8 ft.3)