​Recommended Refrigeration Guidelines for Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Product

Temperature

Ventilation setting
CMH

Relative Humidity (%)

Dehumidification (max. relative humidity setting)

Approximate Storage
days

° C

° F

Apples

-1 to +4

+30 to +40

10 to 60

90 to 95

OFF

2 to 7 months

Apricots

-0.5 to 0

+31 to +32

15 to 60

90 to 95

OFF

7 - 14

Asparagus

0 to +2

+32 to +36

20 to 25

90 to 98

OFF

14 - 21

Avocados

+4 to +13

+40 to +55

40 to 60

85 to 90

OFF

14 - 21

Bananas, green

+13 to +14

+56 to +58

25 to 60

85 to 95

OFF

18 - 22

Beans (Green, snap)

+4 to +7

+40 to +45

20 to 30

95 to 98

OFF

7 - 10

Blueberries

-0.5 to 0

+31 to +32

0 to 10

90 to 95

OFF

10 - 14

Cabbage (early crop)

0

32

20 to 60

90 to 98

OFF

21 - 42

Cabbage (late crop)

0

32

20 to 60

90 to 98

OFF

5 to 6 months

Carambola (Star fruit)

+5 to +7

+41 to +45

20

90

OFF

21

Carrots

0

32

10 to 20

90 to 95

OFF

28-180

Cauliflower

0

32

20 to 60

90 to 98

OFF

14 - 21

Celery

0

32

20 to 25

90 to 95

OFF

14 - 42

Cherries (sweet)

0

32

0 to 10

90 to 95

OFF

14 - 21

Clemantines

0 to +4

+32 to +39

20 to 60

85 to 90

OFF

7 - 50

Coconuts

0 to +2

+32 to +36

0 to 25

75 to 85

OFF *

1 to 2 months

Cucumbers

+10 to +13

+50 to +55

15 to 25

90 to 95

OFF

10 - 14

Eggplants

+8 to +12

+46 to +54

10 to 15

90 to 95

OFF

7 - 14

Figs (fresh)

-0.5 to 0

+31 to +32

0 to 5

85 to 90

OFF

7 - 10

Garlic

0

32

0 to 15

60 to 70

ON

6 to 7 months

Ginger

+13

55

10 to 15

65 to 75

OFF

4 to 6 months

Grapefruit

+10 to +15

+50 to +60

15 to 50

85 to 90

OFF

1 to 2 months

Grapes

-1 to 0

+30 to +32

10 to 15

90 to 95

OFF

1 to 5 months

Kiwi fruit

0

32

20 to 60

90 to 95

OFF

2 to 3 months

Lemons

+11 to +15

+52 to +60

15 to 25

85 to 95

OFF

1 to 3 months

Lettuce (iceberg)

0

32

20 to 50

90 to 95

OFF

14 - 21

Limes

+8 to +10

+46 to +50

15 to 25

85 to 90

OFF

14 - 35

Lychees

+2 to +6

+36 to +43

10 to 15

90 to 95

OFF

21 - 35

Mandarines

+4 to +8

+39 to +46

15 to 25

90 to 95

OFF

21 - 56

Mangoes

+10 to +14

+50 to +57

25 to 30

85 to 95

OFF

14 - 21

Melons (Cantaloupes)

+3 to +5

+37 to +41

25 to 30

90 to 95

OFF

7 - 14

Melons (honeydew)

+10 to +14

+50 to +57

25 to 30

90 to 95

OFF

14 - 21

Melons (Watermelon)

+5 to +6

+41 to +43

25 to 30

85 to 90

OFF

16 - 20

Onion (dry)

0 to +2

+32 to +36

10 to 15

65 to 75

OFF

6 to 9 months

Oranges (various)

+2 to +10

+36 to +50

15 to 25

85 to 90

OFF

1 to 3 months

Papayas

+10

50

25 to 30

85 to 95

OFF

7 - 21

Peaches / Nectarines

0

32

15 to 25

90 to 95

OFF

7 - 14

Pears

0

32

15 to 25

90 to 95

OFF

1 to 6 months

Peppers (sweet)

+7 to +10

+45 to +50

10 to 15

90 to 95

OFF

14

Persimmons (Kaki)

0

32

15 to 25

85 to 95

OFF

1 to 3 months

Pineapples

+8 to +12

+46 to +54

15 to 25

85 to 90

OFF

7 - 21

Plums

0

32

15 to 25

90 to 95

OFF

15 - 20

Potatoes (table)

+4 to +8

+32 to +54

15 to 25

85 to 95

OFF

2 to 12 months

Potatoes (sweet)

+12 to +16

+54 to +61

0 to 10

80 to 95

OFF

4 to 6 months

Strawberries

-0.5 to 0

+31 to +32

10 to 15

90 to 95

OFF

3 - 8

Tomatoes

+7 to +15

+45 to +60

15 to 30

65 to 90

OFF

7 - 28

Turnips

0 to +4

+32 to +39

0

90 to 95

OFF

4 to 5 months

Yams

+16 to +20

+54 to +68

0 to 10

65 to 80

OFF *

2 to 5 months

 * "On" only if ventilation setting is 0, otherwise "Off" as indicated above.  

Disclaimer: 

All data in these temperature schedules should not be considered as a representation or binding recommendation on behalf of the carrier, and may be used at Merchant's discretion and sole responsibility as a general guideline for cargo transported in reefer containers, with temperature settings to be finally determined by the Merchant. The temperature and shelf life levels stated are dependent on - inter alia - the intended trade, seasonal requirements, variety, level of maturity and place of origin of the product. These temperature schedules shall not affect the legal liability and rights of the carrier according to the agreed terms of carriage contained in the relevant Bill of Lading. The carrier shall have no liability for any damages, including but not limited to direct, punitive, incidental or consequential ones, resulting from or arising out of the use of these temperature schedules.

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