Blueberries can be highly susceptible to decay from airborne and surface microorganisms that are often present in storage or transport environments. When stored under standard chilled atmosphere conditions, blueberries will typically only last 10-18 days, dramatically limiting the ability to economically transport them over long distances. This short storage life forces many international blueberry exporters to make strategic decisions with transport technology methods and practices to reach a broader, global market.
The global network that manages your international refrigerated cargo transport is complex. The transport process for a piece of fruit, or high value cargos such as pharmaceuticals, move from a loading warehouse in one country and arrive at an unloading warehouse in another country, while involving many different modes of transportation. When these cargos require specific maintained temperatures, many shippers and exporters utilize 40-foot-long, ocean going refrigerated containers, most commonly referred to as “reefers” or reefer containers.