There was an unexpected surge in the global demand for shipping containers in 2011, that caught global investors and the shipping industry, completely off-guard. As a result of this consistent growth, the industry is experiencing the biggest shortage of shipping containers, and it is creating an incredible investment opportunity; for retirement and high yield investors.
Furthermore, the ongoing shortage of containers, has resulted in an increase in shipping prices, that several industry experts have said is not likely to stabilize; anytime soon. Remarkably, there have even been numerous reports of ships even refusing to ferry, because of the absence of shipping containers; or the high price of the available shipping container stock.
This container shortage, has created an opportunity for shipping operators to establish relationships with shipping container investing and leasing companies, like Pacific Tycoon for example; who are equipped to fill the void in the global shipping container marketplace. Based on Drewry’s Maritime Research Report, the world’s container fleet (operating on lease,) grew 9 percent in 2011 to around 13 million TEU; at mid-year.
As the West continues to recover from it's economic slump, shipping container prices are expected to rise further, to accomodate the constant demand for containers from Asian Pacific countries; as well. And, because container manufacturers are just starting to take notice and beginning to pick-up their pace, it has created an opportunity for individuals to make safe investments; in shipping containers.