At this point in time, reefer ships –also called banana ships- are rarely arriving in Hamburg. The goods are now mainly delivered by container.
At the Port of Hamburg, HHLA's Frucht- und Kühlzentrum(FKZ) has suitable technical handling technology and ground-handling vehicles for both reefer vessels and container ships. This is quite essential when unloading goods, as the cold chain cannot be interrupted.
In addition to fruit handling, the FKZ also offers climate-controlled storage. There are 13,000 conventional storage spaces. There is also a fully automated hall where 8,300 pallets can be stored.
Ulrich Stein Spedition –a highly specialized fruit logistics company– then takes care of transport to the destination. Ulrich Stein Spedition is very knowledgeable in the unique requirements of all fruits as well. This includes the many regulations of customs and special offices responsible for plant protection, condition of the goods or organic certificates.