Key container terminal market characteristics

  • Container terminals act as the interface between global container shipping networks and the markets they serve. Terminals load and discharge containers on and from vessels, store containers and transfer containers between the terminal and a variety of inland transport modes:  road, rail and barge.  Container terminals, in addition, act as relay points in the networks of lines, transhipping containers between mainline vessels and between mainline and feeder vessels, thereby allowing lines to increase market coverage and reduce network costs
  • Terminals generate income primarily from handling and storing containers on behalf of their customers, the shipping lines
  • Container trade growth has a strong correlation to economic growth and regional/national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) serves as the best indicator of prospective container volumes

World economic growth and container trade

World Economic Growth and Container Trade

source: Drewry