More precisely, we define a Refrigerated Warehouse as an industrial complex comprising premises, facilities and equipment permanently or temporarily dedicated to storing refrigerated food and may constitute in itself an autonomous refrigeration industry, be annexed to another larger center or have annexs to its activity.
When there is equipment for freezing or handling food, they will be consider as annexxes to the main refrigeration complex..
Depending on usage, a refrigerated warehouse can be classified into:
1. For public use: Those that work as service providers to ensure proper cold storage of food for others.
2. For private use: They are used to ensure proper cold storage of food products owned by a particular company.
3. Mixed-use: these work by combining the two applications listed above, subject to compliance with existing legislation (fiscal, administrative, etc.).
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Refrigerated warehouses are an important part of the marketing process of fruit and vegetables. They demand careful planning in their design, construction, management and daily operations.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Before building a refrigerated warehouse it is important to determine the requirements and environmental conditions of the site.
Galores Cold Storage has inaugurated the first logistic service for storage of refrigerated and frozen perishable foods, under the In Bond regime.
‘In bond’ is a term applied to the status of merchandise admitted provisionally to a country without payment of duties -- either for storage in a bonded warehouse or for trans-shipment to another point, where duties will eventually by imposed.
Galores Cold Storage is investing $30 million in building a refrigerated storage facility in east Panama.
The facility will be located in the area of Las Mañanitas, near Tocumen International Airport, and will have capacity for 900 40 foot containers.
Pa-digital.com.pa reports that, "the new center aims to attract 60% of its customers locally and the remaining 40% from companies needing to distribute chilled merchandise via Panama to other parts of the world".
Grupo Galores will erect, close to Tocumen Airport, its first Refrigeration Logistical Center.
It will benefit the commercialization of perishable products, and will start operations midway 2010.
Máximo Gallardo, president of Apex, Panama's Exporters Association, stated that "...this center will benefit both exports and imports of products such as chicken meat, beef, seafood, vegetables and flowers, among others".