Cold Chain Shipping Solutions


Transporting refrigerated cargo is faster and more cost-efficient than ever. At least when you work with North Carolina Ports. North Carolina Ports offers more than 300 plugs for refrigerated containers and is slated to increase that number to 1,000 as we expand the Port of Wilmington’s container terminal. This increase not only delivers increased refrigerated container volume, but also allows for an expanded perishables portfolio, including bananas and pineapples, furthering the port’s legacy of outstanding customer service and efficiency. Because North Carolina Ports are located near ideal distribution channels, including water, interstate and rail, and delivers quick turnaround times, your products will get where they need to be—when they need to be there.

North Carolina Ports is also part of both Phase One and Phase Two of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program. Cold treatment brings fruit pulp to a specific temperature to allow refrigerated cargo to finish its treatment schedule on terminal before it’s discharged. This allows more direct imports of produce like blueberries, grapes, apples, pears and citrus through our partner ocean carriers, enabling us to serve the North Carolina grocery sector with a host of logistical and economic advantages.

In fact, we’re uniquely positioned to serve North Carolina’s growing grocery sector and the perishable import distribution that service their needs, as well as serve the export market for our region’s pork, poultry, fruits, vegetables and specialty crops.

To learn more about how North Carolina Ports is poised to help keep your business moving and help keep your costs down, explore our website. Or better yet, give us a call at 1-800-334-0682. We’re always ready to discuss all the ways we can help you succeed.


Why You Should Work With NC Ports

  • We’re specialists in refrigerated transport
  • We have hundreds of refrigerated container plugs on port and will soon have 1,000
  • We’re close to water, interstate and rail distribution
  • We offer less congestion and faster turn times
  • We’re looking for solutions to better serve you



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