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Commodity Handling Reference

Information regarding the proper handling and optimal storage conditions of commodities such as fruit, vegetables and meat is readily available from various industry sources and academic research institutes. For general reference and convenience of the reader, below are several examples of sources available in the public domain with comprehensive information:

Procedural Manual on General Procedures, Loading and Carrying Temperature Requirements for the Export of Perishable Products, Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) of South Africa 

Produce Facts, University of California Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center

Draft version of USDA Agricultural Handbook Number 66, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture

Reefer Set-Point Reference

The tables below show the reefer set-point guidelines for various commodities. The recommended parameters shown are based on industry research with assumptions, and should be used purely as reference only. Optimal parameters are always dependent on variables like the specific commodity cultivars, post-harvest conditions, pre-loading conditions, origin of product, and so forth. Shippers are responsible for determining the optimal settings best suited for their cargo.


The aforementioned settings are provided as a general reference only. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided, MOL shall accept no liability for technical or editorial errors or omissions in the contents contained in this section; nor for any damage, including but not limited to direct, incidental or consequential damages resulting from or arising out of the use of the information contained herein. Shippers shall determine the optimum settings towards their cargo considering reefer settings may differ according to variations in cargo species / post-harvest practices etc.

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