A Quick Breakdown Between a Temperature Controlled TOFC and a Temperature Controlled COFC

October 18, 2019
by Tony Kucharski

Both Truck on Flat Car and Container on Flat Car offer many more advantages as opposed to traditional Over the Road shipping.  Both are a safe and efficient means of transporting your goods.  Temperature controlled intermodal can offer the following benefits:

  • Cost Savings
  • Consistency and Reliable Service
  • Reduction of Carbon Emissions
  • Wireless Location Tracking
  • 24/7/365 Monitoring

Now let's look at the difference between refrigerated TOFC and COFC:

cofc                  tofc

Internal Dimensions:  97 3/4 x 105 3/4 x 620 Internal Dimensions:  97 x 103 x 597 
Can fit 30 pallets Can fit 28 pallets
One trailer can ship on a flat car Can double stack containers on flat car
Cargo limit - 42,000 pounds Cargo limit - 40,000 pounds
This trailer has the same capacity as a traditional over the road container.  The weight of the chassis and the rigid construction of the container decrease cargo weight capacity.
  The reefer is mounted on the inside of the container, hence creating less pallet space.


Both options are good choices, but both have their strengths and weaknesses.  They both have weight and pallet limits so research on the subject is essential.  We hope this quick, simple guide can help lead you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a shipping option.

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