Perishable produce are exported to countries all over the world. Transit times to outlying destinations like the Far East or Canada, can easily exceed 30 days by sea. Produce has to arrive at the consumer still fresh with some days of shelf life left. Unfortunately, not all commodities can sustain such long transit times by sea and has to be sent by air. Since airfreight is much more expensive than sea freight, it reduces the cost competitiveness of certain low value produce.
MAXtend is a technologically advanced controlled atmosphere product used to control the composition of atmospheric conditions in sea freight containers. By controlling the atmosphere in refrigerated containers, it is possible for produce that previously had little chance of arriving in a good condition, due to extended transit times, to arrive in the same or better condition than when shipped by air.
The composition of the correct atmosphere is achieved by adjusting the Nitrogen (N2) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels and is commodity specific. Although the optimum environment for the different commodities is predetermined through many years of research and industry experience, customers can specify their own atmosphere requirements.
MAXtend records and monitors the atmosphere and makes adjustments during the voyage according to preset settings. A printout of the atmosphere for quality control purposes is available after the journey.
MAXtend is unique in the sense that it can be fitted to any reefer container. The container undergoes a leak rate test to ensure it complies with the MAXtend criteria before it is released from a container depot for stuffing.
Distinct advantages of MAXtend are summarised as follows:
- Slows ripening through slowing down the respiration and production of ethylene
- Reduces decay in incidents and severity
- Can be used on any reefer container
- Short notice availability
- Can be used anywhere in the world