Which Country Exports the Most Tanks, Casks and Similar Containers in the World?

Other Fabricated Metal Products May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global container exports stood at 1.8M tonnes in 2016, approximately reflecting the previous year level. In general, container exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, an increase of 12% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global container exports attained its maximum volume of 1.9M tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, container exports totaled $5.5B in 2016. Overall, container exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Global container export peaked of $6.5B in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Container Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (756.3 million USD)

2. USA (572.6 million USD)

3. Germany (550.3 million USD)

4. Italy (375.2 million USD)

5. Spain (334.7 million USD)

6. Thailand (249.8 million USD)

7. Netherlands (219.9 million USD)

8. United Kingdom (166.5 million USD)

9. France (160.3 million USD)

10. Poland (131.5 million USD)

11. Turkey (112.1 million USD)

12. Portugal (99.9 million USD)

Container Exports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of container exports in 2016 were China (188K tonnes), the U.S. (172K tonnes), Germany (163K tonnes), Italy (125K tonnes), Spain (106K tonnes), the Netherlands (87K tonnes), France (69K tonnes), Poland (62K tonnes), Thailand (59K tonnes), Portugal (55K tonnes), Turkey (47K tonnes), and the UK (46K tonnes), together accounting for 66% of total export.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of container exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Poland (+9.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, China ($756M), the U.S. ($573M) and Germany ($550M) were the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2016, together accounting for 34% of global exports.Italy, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Poland, Turkey and Portugal lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 34%.

Thailand (+13.8% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of container exports, in terms of the main exporting countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Container Export Prices By Country

The average container export price stood at $3,073 per tonne in 2016, coming down by -8.0% against the previous year. In general, container export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when export increased by 12% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average container export price reached its maximum level of $3,450 per tonne in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Thailand ($4,209 per tonne), while Portugal ($1,825 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of container export prices was attained by China (+8.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 7310 - Tanks, casks, drums, cans, boxes and similar containers, for any material (excluding compressed or liquefied gas), of iron or steel, capacity not exceeding 300l, whether or not lined or heat-insulated.

Source: World: Tanks, Casks, Drums, Cans, Boxes And Similar Containers - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025