#Shipping Containers • June 07, 2021 • 0 Likes

How Hot Do Shipping Containers Get?

All sorts of products are packed into shipping containers in order to be transported around the globe. From clothing to perishable foods to flat screen TVs, shipping containers hold a vast array of commercial goods, often for long stretches at a time. 

While traveling over land, across oceans, through canals, and up and down coasts, these shipping containers are inevitably exposed to a variety of different climates and temperatures. If you’re shipping or receiving goods, you may be concerned about the fluctuations of temperature that occur within the walls of a shipping container. 

Some goods are more sensitive than others, and may not react well when exposed to extreme temperatures inside shipping containers. Consistent heat and humidity can spoil food, alter adhesives, and potentially damage other commercial products. So, you may be asking yourself, how hot do shipping containers get inside? In this article, we’ll give you an idea of how hot shipping containers can get and suggest solutions for protecting your cargo from extreme temperatures while in transit. 

What Kinds of Products Can Be Damaged by Excessive Heat?

A wide variety of products can be damaged, spoiled, weakened, or otherwise negatively impacted by exposure to excessive heat and humidity. Some examples of items that you should avoid exposing to uncontrolled heat include:

These are just some of the more commonly shipped items that are susceptible to heat damage—and, as you can see, the list includes a wide variety of goods, from food to electronic devices. There are many other items that are not listed above which can also be damaged or negatively altered due to high temperatures. 

Thus, it’s important for importers and exporters across industries to be conscious of the damage their goods can sustain if exposed to high levels of heat and humidity. To prevent damage and keep goods safe while in transit, a shipping container often needs to be equipped with climate control features that can keep the interior cool. 

Shipping Containers Can Get Very Hot Inside

Now we’ll explore how hot shipping containers get inside. Generally, when your typical steel shipping container is exposed to sunlight, the inside temperature can exceed that of the exterior temperature by 15 degrees or more. Additionally, existing moisture in the shipping container can evaporate and turn into “container rain”, which can potentially seep into and damage cargo. 

One study conducted by engineers at Xerox found that, when shipping containers are traveling via either the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, temperatures can drop as low as -21 degrees Fahrenheit and reach as high as 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The study also found that the temperatures inside the shipping containers experienced greater fluctuations and more extreme temperatures when traveling on land, as opposed to traveling by sea. 

Keep in mind that different types of containers are going to react differently to heat. For instance, an insulated shipping container is more likely to maintain a cool temperature inside when compared to a non insulated container.

How Eurolog Packing Group Can Keep Your Shipments Safe 

At Eurolog Packing Group, we’re well aware of how hot shipping containers can get inside and the problems associated with uncontrolled heat. That’s why we offer a number of solutions for mitigating the harmful effects of heat on your products and minimizing the relative humidity levels inside shipping containers. 

We have absorbent pads and blankets to prevent moisture damage and desiccant bags for maximum humidity absorption. We also offer shipping container insulation systems that can serve as a form of climate control in the containers and protect your cargo from extreme temperatures. 

Our Temcore Blanket, for instance, is made from high grade aluminum lining designed to reflect radiant heat, and it can be placed directly on top of the cargo you’re shipping. Our Temcore Liner provides thermal insulation that maintains a stable temperature inside a shipping container and protects cargo from extreme outside temperatures. And, lastly, our Temcore Cover can prevent your palletized cargo from falling victim to heat damage. We offer a wide variety of products that can minimize the negative effects of extreme temperatures on your cargo—we can even design custom solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. 

Temperatures can soar inside a shipping container, and the resulting heat and humidity can damage a diverse array of products. Just a single shipment of heat-damaged goods can result in a financial loss and potentially hurt your company’s reputation. That’s why you need to take steps to protect your cargo from extreme temperatures. Contact Eurolog Packing Group today to find out how our innovative solutions can keep your cargo safe. 


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