Reefer Tools & Resources

Reefer Tools APL provides some useful guides and information to aid your reefer shipping process. Please contact your local APL representative if you have more specific needs.

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Download a copy of our Reefer Guide Book. This guide book provides guidelines and information on how to ensure temperature-sensitive products arrive at their final destination safely and efficiently.

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Reefer Guide Book (English)

Reefer Guide Book (Chinese)

Reefer Guide Book (Japanese)

Container Loading Checklist

A useful checklist to ensure your container is in the right condition for loading. Download a copy here.

Refrigeration unit is operational
Container is not damaged
Door seals are in good condition
Container is odor-free
Container interior is clean, no debris blocking floor or drains
Generator is operating and has sufficient fuel
Microprocessor controller is set to correct temperature (check for Celsius or Fahrenheit)
Fresh air exchange rate is set properly, check for cubic feet per minute (cfm) or cubic meters per hour (cmh)
Humidity setting is correct
‘Trip start’ input for the microprocessor recorder
Container passes air leakage test (for CA/ RA)
Container identification is documented
Remove unwanted heat from the walls by pre-cooling to the appropriate loading temperature
Cargo is at specified pulp temperature
Correct cargo is loaded into container
Cargo is properly stowed, stable and loaded below the red line
Cargo is not stowed overly tight in flat wall containers
Package count is correct
Mark position of recorders, air bags and other details of stowage
Security seal number is recorded
Security seal is properly attached to rear door of container
Call APL customer service if you have any queries

View and download our fresh air exchange rate conversion table for your use.


  • Use lower fresh air for unit model 69NT40-441-xx, 444-xx, 449-xx, 489-xx
  • Use upper fresh air for unit model 69NT40-511-xx
  • Use T bar = 1 1/2’’ for R20 container and T bar = 2 1/2’’ and 2 5/8” for R40 container

For fresh air exchange rate conversion on other models, please contact your local APL representative.



Download this useful temperature conversion table for your use.