Chilled Cargo

APL has the expertise and equipment to manage cargo that must be shipped chilled to preserve value and freshness

CMA CGM Cargo shipped ‘chilled’ usually has a short shelf-life. It must be transported from source to destination with maximum care or its value will diminish. This means shipping sensitive products in a highly controlled environment at the perfect temperature. APL’s industry-leading reefer containers automatically control refrigeration using the supply air sensor to detect and manage temperatures within a 0.5°C (0.9°F) range, ensuring optimum condition on delivery.

Types of chilled cargo

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh meats, poultry and seafood
  • Dairy products and eggs
  • Fresh juices
  • Confectionery products
  • Bulbs, live plants and cut flowers


Key factors that affect the shipment of chilled cargo

  • Respiration

Fruits and vegetables continue to live and breathe after harvest. Commodities with high respiration rates have a shorter post-harvest lifespan. APL’s solutions expertly manage refrigeration at chilled temperatures to slow respiration and prolong shelf life.

Relative respiration rates of selected commodities


  • Temperature

Maintaining optimum product temperature is essential. Every 10oC (18oF) rise in temperature increases cargo deterioration rates by 2-3 times due to accelerated water loss and ethylene production. Too low temperatures can cause discoloring or surface pitting.

  • Ethylene

Ethylene gas, a by-product of respiration, accelerates the ripening process of certain commodities. APL’s cutting edge reefer containers limit ethylene production by maintaining the perfect temperature and ensuring products are not injured or exposed to environmental pollutants.

Sample rates of ethylene production


  • Water Loss

Water loss is a major cause of horticultural crop deterioration and loss of market value. We minimize water loss by ensuring rapid pre-cooling, appropriate packaging and that cargo are transported at their lowest safe temperature and between a humidity level of about 85-95%.