Fresh produce hot stuffing at origin is huge industry problem. It always leads to cargo damage during transit and a rejected claim by the shipping lines. In this article we will discuss loss prevention strategies that help to protect cargo and to recover claims.
Hot-stuffing, in the context of reefer cargo, refers to the act of loading not precooled to the set point temperature-sensitive goods directly into a refrigerated container. The container’s cooling system struggles to rapidly lower the internal temperature to the required level, leading to adverse consequences: advanced ripening, condensation etc. This practice is particularly hazardous when dealing with perishable foods.
Hot-stuffing reefer cargo can have severe implications for cargo integrity and safety, leading to potential cargo loss and cargo claims. Here’s why it’s a risky maneuver:
Reefer containers are designed to maintain a consistent temperature range for cargo preservation. When cargo is hot-stufed it is subjected to rapid temperature fluctuations as the container’s cooling system struggles to bring the temperature down. This sudden shift can cause condensation, mold growth, and even spoilage of perishable items, rendering the cargo unsuitable for its intended use.
Temperature-sensitive goods have specific quality requirements that need to be upheld throughout the shipping journey. Hot stuffing compromises these quality standards, potentially rendering the cargo unsellable or unusable upon arrival at its destination.
The combination of cargo damage and diminished quality sets the stage for cargo claims. Importer may rightfully demand compensation for the compromised goods, leading to not only financial loss but also potential reputational damage to all parties involved in the shipment.
Hot-stuffing reefer cargo might seem like a shortcut, cost saving, but it’s the fastest way to potential disaster! The risks of cargo damage, loss, and subsequent claims far outweigh any perceived benefits. Remember, a well-handled shipment not only avoids potential loss but also contributes to a more reliable and resilient global trade network. For cargo claim recovery services and expertise, consider reaching out to Recoupex, your partner in navigating the complexities of cargo claims.
Recoupex is a hub of transport lawyers – experts in cargo claims. We assess your case quickly. We have successfully recovered claims from Maersk, Sealand, Hapag-Lloyd, Mediterranean Shipping Company – MSC, CMA CGM, and other carriers.