The situation with the presence of containers in the Russian transport market is deteriorating. The deficit of them is estimated at 300 thousand TEU.

Shortage of containers

It is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to the publication Vgudok.

“Two interconnected but opposite trends are emerging on the web. The shortage of containers is accompanied by a surplus of fitting platforms. The predicted losses of “boxes” that will have to be replaced add up to a figure of about 300 thousand TEU. It was this figure that Alexander Isurin, Chairman of the Board of PJSC TransContainer, announced on the sidelines of the TransRussia conference,” the publication writes.

The situation is related to the decision of the world’s largest container line operators to leave Russia. Due to the war in Ukraine, such giants as Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE left the Russian Federation.

Sea lines used to account for 40% of all containers in the Russian Federation.

Experts predict the peak of the deficit in June. According to the results of the 2nd quarter, this is not so noticeable, because many transportations were still going by inertia.

“We predict a shortage of containers, and probably starting from June. From the end of May, first signs will already appear, we will receive them in June,” said Viktor Markov, Vice President of TransContainer.

Experts expect loading to fall by 10% in the 2nd-3rd quarter of this year. “There is already a shortage of imported cargo from China, there is a change in the logistics schemes of cargo senders, previously aimed towards the ports of the North-West,” the newspaper writes.

At the same time, the publication notes that only 6 000 containers a year are produced in Russia, and with a deficit of several hundred thousand, such a volume will not solve anything. As for the purchase of containers in China, about 0.8–1.4 billion dollars are needed.

As previously reported, part of the Sapsan high-speed trains in the Russian Federation will have to be dismantled for spare parts after the withdrawal of the manufacturing company Siemens from Russian market.

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