Container pickup charges going up in China

According to the latest Container xChange report, pickup charges for container users are rising across Chinese ports due to increasing container imbalances. European and the US importers currently struggle to return empty containers to Asia, according to Container Availability Index data. This means these ports suffer from increasing dwell times and port congestion.

On the other hand, carriers in Chinese ports are setting new regulations to control the imbalances. German container line Hapag-Lloyd, for example, will now only release empty containers from its mainland China depots for a maximum of eight days prior to the arrival of the sailing.

For this table, Container xChange looked at the most used stretches on its platform in the last four years. The company noticed that the average price to pick up equipment varies between different locations and container types. On average, container users pay US$256 to pick up containers on the platform (if pickup charge > 0).

The top 10 stretches on xChange show that the average pickup charge for the stretches between Chinese and European ports have been more expensive than other ones over the last four years with around US$640 on average.

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