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Liability due to incorrect temperature setting

In this article I will examine a reader’s question as below, regarding Reefer containers, PTI and liability due to incorrect temperature setting..

We booked a shipment with a shipping line and we asked the containers temp should be +10, however the PTI was made -10 which damaged our goods.

Now the question is are we responsible as shippers or our transporters to check the temperature in the container before stuffing? or to verify the PTI report? knowing that our Bill of Lading read +10 as we requested.

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Reefer Container

What is a reefer container and how does it work..??

A REEFER CONTAINER is a short form for REFRIGERATED CONTAINER.

Simply put, reefer containers are big fridges that are used to transport temperature controlled cargoes such as fruits, meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, dairy and also also other non-food products such as flowers, pharmaceuticals and film..

Some cargoes may need to be shipped chilled or frozen or in controlled + temperatures. Reefer containers have the ability to maintain the cargo at the required temperatures for the duration of the transit from Point A to Point B.

How does a reefer container work..??

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Reefer container Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI)

This article poses some questions from a reader about PTI..

How long is a PTI valid for a Reefer unit..??
If PTI period has expired can unit be released without RE-PTI
Is PRE-COOL an alternate to PTI ?
Who will be responsible for shipment without PTI

Answers inside..

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