In the first five months of 2023, some 1,078,538 teu of empty containers passed through the nation’s top ten ports. That is about 7% of the country’s throughput total and in 2022, the figure was 7.5%.
Some people say that empty boxes means importing and exporting air, they say. But there’s a lot more to the coming and going of empty containers than just the transfer of air from one place to another.
Exporters need empties, and the availability of empty containers is a major contributing factor for exporters trying to get their goods to market.