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Because of the fast-moving and interesting developments in the reefer trade in recent decades, the need arose to expand on the information given in our previously published book "Marine Refrigeration Manual". The underlying aim of the present book is to enable readers to learn about the essentials of their specific area of the reefer trade without having to resort to the reading of extensive literature. We hope that, as such, this compendium will prove to be an invaluable guide to readers in all branches of the "cold chain", i e. shippers, carriers, fruit surveyors, ship's officers and everyone involved in the storage and transport of perishables. in this book we have devoted specific attention to growth and post-harvest handling, containensation, modern reefer design and the world reefer trade. Detailed information is also given about the cultivation, perishability, storage and transport of various fruits, especially the increasingly popular exotic fruit varieties. Present and future changes resulting from the Montreal Protocol are discussed in the chapters on CFCs and the alternative refrigerants. This book does not describe the principles of refrigeration, the technical aspects of reefer plant or subjects such as the transport of frozen cargoes; these were dealt with in "Marine Refrigeration Manual". The information given in this book has been checked with the greatest of care. However, the author can accept no liability for errors or omissions, for subsequent changes in the details provided, or for the results of the application or use of the information.