• Average container prices rise by 18% and 37% for 20DC and 40DC respectively at the Indian ports from May to September this year
  • Explains impact of global supply chain slow down on India’s market and the year ahead 

Hamburg, 16 September 2021: Container xChange, the largest global platform for container logistics has launched data trends and analysis on the impact of global supply chain disruption on the Indian container logistics market. Two key elements – continued surge in container prices and growing imbalance of container availability in India is negatively impacting and leading to supply chain slowdown – a massive problem which will continue to grow up until 2022 and beyond.

The data indicates that there is further rise in the historically high prices of 20 ft. and 40 ft. Dry containers at Indian ports (NHAVA SHEVA, Mundra and Chennai).

Compared to May, in September prices for 20ft. dry containers have risen by 18% and similarly, the prices for 40ft. containers have risen by 37% according to the platform data. The average price of a 20 ft. Dry container in India in the month of September this year is $2462 (181320.15 INR), a rise from $2078 from May 2021. The pre-pandemic price of the same specification container was at approximately $1000 for 20DC and $2000 for 40DC at this time of the year. Similarly, the average price of a 40ft. dry high cube container in India is $4193.75 (308859.20 INR), a 37% increase in the prices in May which was $3041.84 (224023.91 INR).

The Container Availability Index (CAx) by Container xChange, a tool used to monitor inbound and outbound volumes of containers for every port globally, indicates that the inbound containers are at an all-time high since the year 2019 by about 4X at the Chennai port (and similarly other ports in India) indicating an all-time high in the imbalance of inbound and outbound containers at the port. Christian Roeloffs, CEO and cofounder, Container xChange says “The growing imbalance of inbound and outbound containers being experienced in the Container Availability Index (CAx) at major Indian ports (including Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Chennai) is an indication of two key market conditions – 1. exports are being impacted immensely (inspite of a record month in July for India’s exports) and 2. imbalance of inbound containers over outbound containers is getting worse by the week.”

“The CAx values at major Indian ports are rising, because exporters are facing hurdles to export their goods from India (inspite of a record high in July this year). The rising container freight and spot costs over the past months, containers stuck in other locations which delays their cargo and vessel capacity issues are some pain points. Other major cause of delay in container loading is OfCourse the continued impact of COVID-19 outbreak which led to shortage of human resource at the ports. This has continued to impact the system since the outbreak in India in the late march of the year 2020.” commented Dr. Johannes Schlingmeier, Co-founder and CEO, Container xChange

The costs have been skyrocketing since the beginning of the year 2021 and continue to soar higher every week. Therefore, the number of containers that could have taken off from India to its destination has slowed down, mirroring a trend being observed in the global supply chain slow down.

Week 36, Container Availability Index data India (main ports):

Port Container type 2019 2020 2021
Chennai 20 DC 0.74 0.19 0.82
Chennai 40 DC 0.59 0.22 0.82
NHAVA SHEVA 20 DC 0.64 0.42 0.82
NHAVA SHEVA 40 DC 0.72 0.52 0.78
Mundra 20 DC 0.25 0.09 0.61
Mundra 40DC 0.60 0.17 0.76
A CAx value of 0.5 means that the same number of containers leave and enter a port in the same week. CAx values of > 0.5 means that more containers enter and CAx values of < 0.5 means more containers leave a specific port.

At very low CAx values the safety stock at a specific port is nearly empty. As a result, the CAx values turn positive again as only the containers that enter a port can leave again. At very high equipment levels, CAx values are likely to decrease again as a port has to reduce its safety stock first before they can accept new incoming containers. Low CAx values over a time period of multiple weeks indicate a deficit of containers, high values over a time period of multiple weeks indicate a surplus of equipment at a specific port.


Average prices of containers at Indian Ports
Months 20 feet Dry container (In USD) 40 feet Dry container (In USD)


May 2078 3042
June 1949 3000
July 2096 3479
August 2340 4417
September 2463 4185


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