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Perishables Expertise with DHL Reefer Foods

Our dedicated cold chain solution will keep your perishable cool and safe


DHL Global Forwarding offers a wide range of dedicated solutions for the Food and Perishables industry. Our guaranteed end-to-end cold chain control solution ensures we deliver products in the best and freshest conditions. Our cold chain experts handle all types of perishables and sensitive food products from -30°C to +30°C across our worldwide network.

Control

We help producers and retailers better control their overseas perishables supply chain from door-to-door by eliminating the need for most intermediaries, who add cost for limited contribution.

Improved Quality

Fewer intermediaries, also means fewer delay for the product getting to market, resulting in better quality on the shelf with a longer shelf life.

Strengthening Relationships

Being able to establish new, direct relationships enables consignees be more selective in the choice of suppliers. The reverse is also valid; the producer can be more selective as to where to market its product.

Flexible

Where necessary, tailor made supply chain services as e.g. vendor management, data integration, and control towers can be integrated in the solutions. 

Take a Look Inside DHL Reefer Foods


Offering a wide range of solutions for the Foods and Perishables industry

Perishable Solutions to Meet Your Specific Needs


We offer a range of options from more traditional Freight Forwarding to real end-to-end logistics solutions, within the global compliant DHL network. But all of our options offer key features to simplify your experience

  • One point of entry for all reefer food destinations
  • Easy to use standards for operating, invoicing and reporting
  • End-to-end solutions, designed and supervised by a global team of reefer logistics experts within the DHL network that know your products

Global Reefer Food Stations


Reefer Container Control Systems


Dehumidification

DHL’s Reefer containers are equipped with a humidity control function to avoid both fungi and mold as well as dehydration. Humidity levels can be set between 50% and 95% relative humidity. Dehumidification can only be set for temperatures above or equal to -10°C (+30°F).

Cold Treatment

Exposing fruits to cold temperatures eliminates the existence of pests and also reduces their spread to other locations. This cold treatment process lowers and maintains the temperature of fruit pulp over a specific period of time.

Vent Settings

The introduction of fresh air via vent settings however can remove such gases that speed up ripening or cause discoloration. Air is cooled as it moves over the evaporator coil, and a fan then circulates the cooled air through the cargo area.

Controlled Atmosphere (CA)

CA is an active process that regulates the concentrations of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide by adding or removing gases as needed. This process allows for a longer shelf life of the product, particularly for certain types of fruits and vegetables.

Bracing Blocks

Reefer containers feature a T-bar aluminum flooring and flat walls that do not allow for blocking/bracing the way dry containers do. Bracing blocks are a great way to secure pallets inside a container. They come with bolts of different sizes that fit the floor “rails“ perfectly, without blocking the airflow. 

Reefer Food Container Specifications


  • Internal dimensions:  5.456m (l)  x  2.294m (w) x 2.16m (h) [ 17‘ 10 51/64“ (l) x 7‘ 6 5/16“ (w) x 7‘ 1 3/64“ (h)]
  • Door : 2.290m (w) x 2.264m (h) [7‘ 6 5/32“ (w) x 7‘ 5 9/64“ (h)]
  • Cubic Capacity: 28.40m3 [1,002.9cft]
  • Max Payload: 27,540kg[60,715lbs]
  • Tare Weight: 2,940kg [6,481lbs]
  • Max Cargo: 30,480kg [67,196lbs]

Please note dimensions may change for a different Reefer container model

  • Internal dimensions: 11.59m (l) x 2.288m (w) x 2.40m (h) [38‘ 0 19/64“(l) x 7‘ 6 5/64“ (w) x 7‘ 10 31/64“(h)]
  • Door: 2.290m (w) x 2.569m (h) [7‘ 6 5/32“(w) x 8‘ 5 9/64“ (h)]
  • Cubic Capacity: 67.50m3 [2,383.7cft]
  • Max Payload: 29,400kg [64,815lbs]
  • Tare Weight: 4,600kg [64,815lbs]
  • Max Cargo: 34,000kg [74,957lbs]

Please note dimensions may change for a different Reefer container model

  • Service temperature range: From -30°C (-22F) to +30°C (+86F)
  • Magnum: From -60°C (-31F) to +30°C (+86F)
  • Temperature control through built-in micro processor
  • High-quality cooling machinery
  • Use of environment-friendly refrigerants

  • Dehumidification range from 65% to 95% maximum relative humidity Operating
  • Adjustable fresh air exchange: From 0 to 285 (cbm/h)
  • Special “T-bar” floors to ensure optimum air circulation
  • High-tech, Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-free insulation ensures minimum heat leakage

  • Internal dimensions:  5.456m (l)  x  2.294m (w) x 2.16m (h) [ 17‘ 10 51/64“ (l) x 7‘ 6 5/16“ (w) x 7‘ 1 3/64“ (h)]
  • Door : 2.290m (w) x 2.264m (h) [7‘ 6 5/32“ (w) x 7‘ 5 9/64“ (h)]
  • Cubic Capacity: 28.40m3 [1,002.9cft]
  • Max Payload: 27,540kg[60,715lbs]
  • Tare Weight: 2,940kg [6,481lbs]
  • Max Cargo: 30,480kg [67,196lbs]

Please note dimensions may change for a different Reefer container model

  • Internal dimensions: 11.59m (l) x 2.288m (w) x 2.40m (h) [38‘ 0 19/64“(l) x 7‘ 6 5/64“ (w) x 7‘ 10 31/64“(h)]
  • Door: 2.290m (w) x 2.569m (h) [7‘ 6 5/32“(w) x 8‘ 5 9/64“ (h)]
  • Cubic Capacity: 67.50m3 [2,383.7cft]
  • Max Payload: 29,400kg [64,815lbs]
  • Tare Weight: 4,600kg [64,815lbs]
  • Max Cargo: 34,000kg [74,957lbs]

Please note dimensions may change for a different Reefer container model

  • Service temperature range: From -30°C (-22F) to +30°C (+86F)
  • Magnum: From -60°C (-31F) to +30°C (+86F)
  • Temperature control through built-in micro processor
  • High-quality cooling machinery
  • Use of environment-friendly refrigerants

  • Dehumidification range from 65% to 95% maximum relative humidity Operating
  • Adjustable fresh air exchange: From 0 to 285 (cbm/h)
  • Special “T-bar” floors to ensure optimum air circulation
  • High-tech, Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-free insulation ensures minimum heat leakage

Additional Reefer Food Services

Cargo Insurance

Specific options for temperature sensitive products

  • Provides protection to cover against loss or damage from any external cause (“All Risk” Insurance)
  • Covers the gap between standard liability and the full value of customers’ goods
  • Pays the full value of any goods lost or damaged as well as freight costs
Buyers Reefer Consolidation Services

We provide consolidation services to bundle your orders or shipments from various destinations (in a single or multi-countries)

  • We move your reefer food cargo to DHL’s Multi National Gateways for consolidation
  • More cost-effective than under-utilized Full-Container-Load containers
  • Scheduled departures and fixed lead-times ensure reliability and predictability
DHL Ocean Secure

We leverage GPS-enabled container security devices to visibility on an online platform.

  • In-transit visibility of mission critical parameters and delivery of exception notification
  • Tracking the container during the trip through GSM and/or GPS
  • Monitoring of several parameters for the container: temperature, humidity, light
  • Container security: Monitoring of container door opening with notification by e-mail, SMS or call

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