Container shipping has been established for 50 years. What does the next half-century hold for shipping lines and investors? It is expected that container volumes will rise to two to five times what they are today. This means the deployment larger ships than carriers are using currently. In fact, some envision that autonomous 50,000 TEU ships will plying the seas in 2067, alongside modular, drone-like floating containers.
Freight operators in 2067 will be closely connected through “data ecosystems,” and will have fully digitized customer interactions, and operating systems. It is forecast that three or four major container shipping companies will emerge as “digitally enabled independents with a strong customer orientation and innovative commercial practices, or small subsidiaries of tech giants blending the digital and the physical.” Freight forwarders as such will not survive the transformation, given that digitalization will obviate the need for intermediaries.
Integrated logistics providers could make freight forwarders irrelevant by mastering the complexity and the customer interface. – McKinsey Report
Changes in the global economy, reductions in income inequality, and the deployment of automation and robotics will result in a more dispersed manufacturing footprint. This is expected to contribute to the growth of short-haul intra-regional cargo traffic. Most notable, trade between Asia and Africa will be globally significant.
In order to be successful in the future, shipping companies must invest in digital technologies to differentiate their products, disintermediate value chains, improve customer service, raise productivity, and reduce costs. If they move faster than traditional logistics companies, technology companies may capture most of the value from customer relationships.
Recently, I have been doing a great deal of research into shipping container investments. The opportunity to participate in (and profit from) global trade really excites me. As a shipping container owner, I would receive monthly revenues that can be used to supplement my income, or can be reinvested in containers to earn more money.
Shipping containers come in a variety of sizes and types. The most common are twenty-foot (TEU), forty-foot (FEU), and reefers or refrigerated containers. It is my understanding many container leasing companies deal primarily with these models. Investing in either of these maritime assets will ensure that your containers are constantly in demand, and consistently working hard to transport cargo and earn money.
The world’s two busiest trade routes, Asia-North Europe and Asia-North America, move more than 37 million containers each year. These shipping lanes are very important to global trade and make huge contributions to the world’s economy. Without a continuous supply of shipping containers to accommodate imports and exports, economies across the globe would grind to a halt. This makes them a valuable, hard asset to own.
To purchase containers and participate in global trade, it is widely recommended that investors enlist the help of a container leasing company, like investcontainers or similar. Companies like this operate fleets of containers across the globe, and have a long list of shipping/logistics clients they serve. Container owners can sign a management agreement with one of these leasing companies, and have their assets deployed and managed with their existing fleet.
By enlisting the help of professionals to manage their shipping containers, investors need not concern themselves with the day-to-day operation of their assets. Deployment and maintenance is all handled by the container leasing company, so investors can do other things instead of worrying. As a gentleman with a full-time job and a family, I would prefer to focus on the happiness in my life, rather than the administration of my investments.