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Reefer containers, also known as refrigerated containers, are specialised containers designed to transport goods at specific temperature ranges, making them an essential component in South Africa’s logistics. They are popular in many industries since they have the ability to transport temperature-sensitive items, such as food, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals, over long distances, ensuring product quality and safety.


When purchasing Reefer Containers, there are several important factors to keep in mind:

  1. Size & Capacity
    Reefer containers generally come in 6m and 12m container sizes. A 6m reefer container offers a capacity of 33.2 meters cubed while a 12m container offers a capacity of 67.7 meters cubed. The best option for you would be dependent on your cargo.
  2. Temperature Range
    Ensure the reefer container is able to maintain the required temperature for your cargo, whether it’s frozen, chilled or controlled at a specific range.
  3. Power Source
    In South Africa’s current power outages, it is important to keep in mind that the reefer container will need to be powered by either a diesel generator or electric plug-ins. It should also be factored in when budgeting operational costs and sustainability.
  4. Maintenance & Service
    As do all mechanical products, it is important to consider the maintenance and service of the reefer container. Ensure you have a proficient operator in your area to assist should you require repairs, maintenance, or servicing.
  5. Compatibility with Transport Method
    Reefer containers just like normal containers are large and require a side loader or crane truck or forklift to lift the unit onto a ship, truck or train. They may not be compatible with all modes of transport.
  6. Budget & Cost Analysis
    Price is always a major factor in the decision making process. With reefer containers, you generally have the option to either purchase or rent to compare.


The above-mentioned key factors offer you the opportunity to make an informed decision when purchasing or renting a reefer container. These essential factors ensure that your cargo reaches its destination in optimal condition.

Back of white reefer containers look like this

Back of white reefer container