Global Cold Storage Capacity Report

The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) has been collecting data on the global cold storage industry since 1998. The survey is used to write the Global Cold Storage Capacity Report, which provides industry growth trends, market development indicators, and market comparisons. The report also provides foreign investors with an invaluable resource for identifying potential investment opportunities. This is the only comprehensive look at worldwide cold storage capacity in the world.

2016 GCCA Global Cold Storage Capacity Report 

The 2018 GCCA Global Cold Storage Capacity Report is coming soon! Check back for details. 

 

 

2016 Executive Summary

The total capacity of refrigerated warehouses was 594 million cubic meters in 2018. It appears that there has been a slight decrease in capacity from 2016-2018, with the total capacity of refrigerated warehouses in 2016 being 600 million cubic meters

 

About the Report

Written by Dr. Victoria Salin, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, the 30-page report includes analyses on growth trends in global capacity, market development indicators, and characteristics of refrigerated warehouses around the world. This report provides an update on refrigerated warehouse capacity in 52 countries using information collected from international offices of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).  The primary data source was a survey administered in spring 2016 by the GCCA staff.  In addition, official government reports were the sources for information on the United States (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and India (India Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare).

 

GCCA Members: Download the Report

GCCA Core Partner Members and Supporting Partners may download the entire IARW Global Cold Storage Capacity Report free of charge. This report is offered as a member benefit. Please note: you must be an active member and logged in to download the report. 

 

Download the 2016 GCCA Global Cold Storage Capacity Report

 

Non-Members: Purchase the Report

Non-members are welcome to purchase a copy of the GCCA Global Cold Storage Capacity Report. Once the report is published, it will go to all members first for a preview, after which the report will be made available in an electronic PDF format for all audiences at a later date. The report is available to nonmembers for $1,000, and nonmembers interested in purchasing a copy of the report can contact GCCA headquarters at +1 (703) 373-4300. 

 

Additional Resources

 

  • IARW Global Top 25 List - public refrigerated warehouses (PRWs) with the greatest capacity of warehouse space in the world
  • IARW North American Top 25 List - public refrigerated warehouses (PRWs) with the greatest capacity of warehouse space in North America
  • USDA NASS Cold Storage Monthly Summary - contains U.S. regional and national end-of-month stocks of meats, dairy products, poultry products, fruits, nuts, and vegetables in public, private and semi-private refrigerated warehouses
  • USDA NASS Cold Storage Annual Summary - contains the U.S. annual regional and national totals for end-of-month holdings of meat, dairy products, poultry products, fruits, nuts and vegetables in public, private, and semi-private refrigerated warehouses
  • USDA NASS Capacity of Refrigerated Warehouses - presents data on the number of refrigerated warehouses by type and size group for states and US; includes public, private and semiprivate general warehouse capacity, apple and pear storage capacity; gross space and usable space for refrigerator, cooler or freezer space

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