Causes of Container Imbalance

The paper, Container Imbalances, and Chinese Shipping Interests: Freight Forwarders Role in locating Solutions to today’s problems, outlines the current situation and potential future scenarios that impact global trade. This article discusses the paper’s main topic of container imbalance. The paper, by Steven C. Holmes and Ning Lin, first reviewed China’s overall progress in building economic influence through the utilization of its ports in the last decade. Second, they detailed the recent trend of Chinese ports deploying infrastructure projects beyond the strategic ports of China’s major urban areas. In doing so, they said that they are creating the need for a more global perspective on container and freight forwarding in order to better serve their overseas customers.

With that conclusion, they went on to examine what China can do about this growing global problem, and how they can counter it through their own efforts within the shipping supply chain. The paper said that by carefully managing their interaction with the shipping providers, China can seek to manage a positive, albeit imperfect, relationship with their customers. A careful reading of their study shows that they have identified three potential issues that have the potential to cause a negative impact on China’s container imbalance. These are lack of new build projects, excess capacity at ports, and bad weather. However, they also pointed out that China’s efforts to improve its supply chain and increase freight forwarding are likely to mitigate these effects to some extent.

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