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Container Fleet Market

Container Fleet Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Reefer Container, Tank Container, Dry Container), By End-User (Automotive, Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Mining and Minerals, Food and Agriculture, Retails, Others) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2024-2032

Report Code: SRAT585DR
Study Period 2020-2032 CAGR 5.84%
Historical Period 2020-2022 Forecast Period 2024-2032
Base Year 2023 Base Year Market Size USD 12.6 billion
Forecast Year 2032 Forecast Year Market Size USD 21 billion
Largest Market North America Fastest Growing Market Europe
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Market Overview

The global container fleet market size was valued at USD 13.3 billion in 2024 and is projected to reach a value of USD 21 billion by 2032, registering a CAGR of 5.84% during the forecast period (2024-2032). The container fleet industry share increase during the forecast period is related to the rise in demand in different fields.

Container fleets are bulky shipping containers capable of withstanding the transportation of various goods ranging from dry goods to hazardous liquids. Before the emergence of container fleets, the cost associated with ocean freight and port handling, in tandem with the uncertainties involved, resulted in less economic outcomes. However, modern specialized container vessels offer several cost-reduction benefits in transporting goods, thus acting as the primary source of income for several economies depending on exports and imports via container fleets. 

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), 90% of world trade-related transportation is performed by sea as it is a cost-efficient and convenient way to move raw materials and heavy goods globally. The demand for cost-effective and efficient shipping solutions is rising as international trade volumes increase due to globalization and the expanding economies of developing countries. Containerization, renowned for its capacity to standardize cargo transport and enable seamless handling across various transportation modalities, is a direct beneficiary of this trend.

Top 2 Key Highlights

  • Reefer container dominates the global market in the type segment.
  • Oil and Gas dominate the global market in the end-user segment.

Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

Game Changer for Seaborne Trade

The rising demand for fresh, healthy, and quality food products such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and others, aided by high reliance on the cold chain and logistics industry due to its perishable nature, stimulates the container fleet market demand. Besides, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA), global losses in the food industry accounted for more than USD 750 million annually due to a lack of proper facilities, improper food safety handling procedures, and others in the cold chain. Furthermore, over USD 260 billion in biopharma sales rely on cold chain logistics, ensuring the efficiency of products.

Additionally, the development in volume loaded from 2011 to 2021 has been driven primarily by dry cargo, accounting for 92% of the total growth in volume loaded. For instance, in 2021, 11 billion tons of products were transported by sea.

Advent of Vegan Diet Culture

The fruits and vegetable industry is projected to grow, owing to the emerging vegan culture in developed regions such as Europe, North America, and others. Vegan diet culture promotes consuming fruits and vegetables instead of meat and dairy. This diet culture drives the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables, ultimately influencing the container fleet market. Besides, several government institutions are promoting a plant-based diet, thereby increasing the need for imports and exports of fresh agricultural products. For instance, the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) encourages switching from a conventional diet to a plant-based diet for animal welfare, health, and the environment. For instance, it is anticipated that the sales of plant-based meat and dairy products, estimated to be worth USD 29 billion in 2020, will climb to USD 162 billion by 2030.

Market Restraints

Cost of Investments

The associated expenses can substantially inhibit investment in the container fleet market. The substantial financial investments necessary to procure and uphold container fleets could present obstacles for firms functioning within this industry, conceivably constraining the market's growth. Businesses may need help to invest in the expansion of their container fleets, the modernization of their infrastructure, or the adoption of new technologies due to this financial constraint; as a result, their competitiveness and growth prospects in the container fleet industry may be negatively impacted. Depending on the unit capacity, a Poat-Panamax container vessel's average cost might range from 100 million to 150 million United States dollars.

Market Opportunity

Increasing Demand for High-Performance Containers

The growing need for containers with exceptional performance attributes offers a substantial prospect within the worldwide container fleet industry. High-performance and efficient containers are required to safely transport costly and hazardous substances such as gases, chemicals, and oil. The anticipated surge in market expansion due to the demand for specialized containers presents companies with prospects to foster innovation and create containers that precisely fulfill the rigorous criteria for the secure transportation of said products. 

Moreover, the industry's increasing demand for specialized solutions is congruent with the emphasis on high-performance containers. This convergence presents opportunities for businesses to meet distinct transportation needs and bolster their market standing by providing dependable and effective container alternatives.

Technological Advancements and Innovation

The container fleet market significantly emphasizes manufacturers' strategic mergers, acquisitions, and technological advancements. Organizations can increase operational efficiency, decrease expenses, and stimulate market expansion by adopting technological innovations like refrigerated cargo containers and intermodal transportation. In addition, the trend of utilizing ships and vessels with a large capacity to store more containers simultaneously can positively affect the market.

Regional Analysis

The global container fleet market analysis is conducted in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.

North America is the most significant market shareholder and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period. North America is growing considerably in the container fleet market during the forecast period due to the increase in trade activity, resulting in enormous demand for the market. Early adoption of innovative technologies, expanding the supply chain industry, and improving the road infrastructure, among others, are some factors providing impetus to the regional market. Besides, growing health awareness among individuals has generated a higher demand for fresh and quality food products to support the market growth in this region. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the American diet reflects an increasing share of spices, tropical products, and imported gourmet products. Hence, the container fleet market is being driven by surging imports. Moreover, the burgeoning intra-industry trade, where industries are involved in agricultural processing, carrying out offshore processing, and importing different products from their foreign subsidiaries, is driving the regional container fleet market demand.

Europe is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period. In Europe, the growth of the container fleet market is expected to flourish due to the trending digital platform ecosystem in the transport industry. Rapid growth in the urbanization of the economies is spurring the demand for highly specialized vehicles, resulting in a substantial increase in the container fleet market. Additionally, grocery delivery services, including frozen and fresh food, are expected to influence market growth positively. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 27% of shoppers in the U.K. use e-commerce for grocery shopping for direct delivery services, reaching USD 23 billion by 2020. These factors are slated to stimulate the increasing need for imports of perishable and non-perishable goods.

Asia-Pacific is anticipated to observe healthy growth due to stringent rules and reforms made by several government associations about shipment procedures, the weight to be loaded, and other associated concerns, resulting in container fleet manufacturers to comply the rules. These regulations are drafted by government institutes such as the Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA), the domestic body for foreign shipping lines, and the Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies-India (MANSA), a representative of local ship agents.

The Middle East and Africa region holds a substantial share of the container fleet market due to a high growth rate in construction activities, long-distance transportation, and logistics. Countries such as the Middle East are considered hubs for container fleets due to the presence of notable logistics companies. These companies include Al-Futtaim Logistics, RAK Logistics, Mac World Logistics LLC, Verks Global Logistics LLC, and others.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Type    
  1. Reefer Container
  2. Tank Container
  3. Dry Container
By End-User    
  1. Automotive
  2. Healthcare
  3. Oil and Gas
  4. Chemicals
  5. Mining and Minerals
  6. Food and Agriculture
  7. Retails
  8. Others
Company Profiles Maersk Line (Denmark)  China Ocean Shipping Group Company (China)  CMA CGM (France)  Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd (Japan)  Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (Japan)  Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan)  Westfal-Larsen Shipping A/S (Norway)  Mediterranean Shipping Corporation S.A. (Switzerland)  Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Singapore Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The global container fleet market is segmented based on type and end-user.

The market is further segmented by type into Reefer Container, Tank Container, and Dry Container.

The reefer container segment is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. This is attributed to the surging demand for temperature-controlled cargo such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. This type of container can preserve products at various temperatures as humidity conditions are ensured inside the container with the help of humidity systems and frozen temperatures extending to 60 degrees Celsius. This allows seasonal flowers, fruits, dairy products, and vegetables to stay fresh.

Furthermore, developing economies with a solid agricultural base are subjected to be one of opportunistic areas for the container fleet market to grow. According to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the export of seasonal fruit, such as mango, to the U.S. doubled in 2017. Such increasing exports trigger the demand for reefer containers to promote the fresh delivery of products globally.

The market is further segmented by end-users into Automotive, Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Mining and Minerals, Food and Agriculture, retail, and others.

Oil and Gas dominates the global end-user segment market, accounting for over 25% in 2023. Opportunities for expansion and development exist in the worldwide container fleet market, comprising numerous sectors, including automotive, healthcare, food and agriculture, oil and gas, and retail. Several factors propel the market, including rapid industrialization, economic expansion, and the demand for sector-wide efficient transportation solutions. When considering end-users such as the automotive and healthcare sectors, the container fleet market offers prospects for customized container solutions that align with the distinct demands of these industries. Within the automotive industry, the market's emphasis on delivering inventive resolutions to address sector-specific requirements corresponds with the need for high-performance containers to transport specialized products efficiently. 

In the healthcare sector, there is the possibility of amalgamating medical device communication with vehicles via cutting-edge technologies such as Meditech (Medical Integrated Technology), thereby establishing a novel category that unifies the automotive and healthcare industries with the aim of augmenting user welfare and security. These advancements highlight the flexibility of the container fleet market in accommodating a wide range of end-user needs and capitalizing on technological progress to promote innovation and effectiveness in various industries.

Market Size By Type    

Market Size By Type    
  • Reefer Container
  • Tank Container
  • Dry Container
  • Recent Developments

    Key Players

    Container Fleet Market Share of Key Players

    Container Fleet Market Share of Key Players
    Maersk Line (Denmark)  China Ocean Shipping Group Company (China)  CMA CGM (France)  Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd (Japan)  Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (Japan)  Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan)  Westfal-Larsen Shipping A/S (Norway)  Mediterranean Shipping Corporation S.A. (Switzerland)  Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. (South Korea) Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the estimated growth rate (CAGR) of the container fleet market?
    The global container fleet market size is projected to reach a value of USD 21 billion by 2032, registering a CAGR of 5.84% .
    Top 9 prominent players in container fleet market are, Maersk Line (Denmark), China Ocean Shipping Group Company (China), CMA CGM (France), Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd (Japan), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (Japan), Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan), Westfal-Larsen Shipping A/S (Norway), Mediterranean Shipping Corporation S.A. (Switzerland), Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. (South Korea)., etc.
    Asia- Pacific has been dominating the container fleet market, accounting for the largest share of the market.
    The region with the most rapid expansion in the container fleet industry is North America.
    The global container fleet industry report is segmented as follows: By Type, By End User

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