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Temperature Controlled Air Freight Containers

Air transport is easily the fastest type of shipping, which makes it the most used method of transportation for companies with temperature-sensitive items. Temperature-sensitive (or humidity-sensitive) items must arrive at their destinations quickly to ensure their quality. Otherwise, you’ll regret ever giving your items over to a third party.

To make sure your sensitive materials are shipped in pristine condition, you will need a reliable charter company that offers temperature controlled air freight containers. Here’s what you need to know about shipping with these containers and how our team at Centurion can help! 

What Are Temperature Controlled Air Freight Containers?

This special type of cargo container is important for worldwide shipping and the global economy, and crucial for cold chain management. These containers are a special form of freight container with unique temperature control capabilities. Most of these containers come with standard features, such as aluminum walls and roofs, large holding capacities, and shelving options.

Our air freight containers are temperature controlled and insulated. They are designed to keep the cool air in while preventing warm air from entering the space. Although exact temperature control ranges vary by container, most of our containers offer a wide range (and can be kept at a stable temperature). The containers can vary in size depending on the dimensions of the plane that carries them. 

Temperature Controlled Containers and Cold Chain

Cold chain management includes all of the procedures and equipment used to protect perishable items during the production and shipping processes. Proper cold chain management ensures that an item stays at its required low temperature until it reaches the consumer or company that it is destined for. 

Much like chains of custody in the legal system, any breaks in the cold chain may result in the items carried becoming unusable. Keeping the contents cool during the production and transportation process prevents viral exposures and the growth of harmful bacteria. Items that are exposed to temperatures outside of the safe range will have to be destroyed to prevent harm to consumers. 

Types of Items That Require Temperature Controlled Containers

Some items are more likely to require temperature controlled containers than others. Medical items are one category that usually requires temperature controls, such as:

  • Vaccines
  • Plasma
  • Blood
  • Diagnostic products
  • Serums
  • Proteins
  • Lab tests
  • Pharmaceutical products

In addition to medical items, food items are another common category for temperature controlled air travel. Food items may be shipped frozen or chilled, depending on the needs of the manufacturer, retailer, or consumer. Common refrigerated shipments include:

  • Meat
  • Dairy and dairy products
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Confectionary items

Other items that require cold shipping containers include:

  • Chemicals
  • High tech equipment
  • Live plants
  • Biotechnological material

When sensitive items are shipped, they must be handled with extreme care. Some items have an allowed temperature change range of only a few degrees. Those who work regularly with controlled containers should have advanced training and expertise. 


Temperature controlled containers for air travel play an important part in both domestic and international shipping. If you have a controlled cargo container that you’re planning to ship, call Centurion today to book our charter options. We’ll create a detailed plan for shipping your order in secure containers with experienced and attentive staff.

Contact us to book your air freight container today now!