• Neptune Logistics eliminates Container Repositioning Fees to China using Container xChange’s online platform
  • Saves over $1 million by eliminating container repositioning fees for more than 1,000 containers transported from Russia to China
  • Establishes new partnerships globally, adding 39+ new, reliable partners overseas

Shenzhen, China, 12 July 2023: Neptune Global Logistics, a prominent rail and shipping freight forwarder based in Shenzhen, China, has successfully addressed the global issue of empty container positioning in China through an expanded partnership with Container xChange.

By leveraging Container xChange’s innovative one-way leasing platform, Neptune Logistics has significantly enhanced container operations efficiency, mitigated the burden of expensive empty container repositioning and transportation costs, and expanded its global partner network.

Neptune Logistics achieved substantial cost savings by eliminating container repositioning fees. By avoiding the expense of moving over 1,000 containers from Russia to China, which typically costs $1,000 per container*, they successfully reduced operational costs by more than $1 million.

*Note: The information regarding the cost of moving containers from Russia to China and the number of containers moved is based on data from https://moverdb.com/container-shipping/russia/

As a key player in the rail freight forwarding industry, Neptune Logistics holds a strong position on the Asia-Europe trade route.

In 2019, Neptune Logistics encountered a critical challenge stemming from the scarcity of demand for backhaul journeys of their empty containers, resulting in substantial operating costs. The company recognized the urgent need to expand its partner network on a global scale but faced limitations due to limited resources and connections beyond the Chinese market.

“We discovered Container xChange in 2019 and immediately became a leasing member. Since joining, we’ve established reliable partnerships with over 39 companies worldwide, successfully repositioned thousands of our empty containers, and greatly simplified our container operations. No more back and forth emails and cold calling,” stated Zarina Wang, Container Operation Department, Neptune Global Logistics.

Through Container xChange’s partner vetting system and payment guarantee, Neptune Global Logistics has been able to securely and efficiently engage in container leasing deals with partners across the globe.

“Backhaul journeys are often a stress for many companies because there is hardly any container user that companies are able to identify. This leads to operating costs soaring to higher levels.” commented Christian Roeloffs, cofounder and CEO, Container xChange.

“As the shipping players face waning consumer demand persistently, it is becoming difficult, though all the more important, for companies to maintain positive balance sheets. The tough environment is leading to the consolidation of bigger players, and bankruptcy for smaller companies. Amidst these macro-economic challenges and geopolitical risks, eliminating empty container repositioning costs will give an edge to companies like Neptune Logistics.” Roeloffs added.

Container xChange offers a sophisticated online platform for secure container trading and leasing, incorporating essential services such as secure payment handling, container management, partner vetting, and insurance. All these services are seamlessly accessible through a single platform, facilitating streamlined and cost-effective logistics solutions.

Empty Container Repositioning: A Costly and Challenging Process

Repositioning empty containers is an expensive and challenging process for shipping companies. Shipping lines typically aim to have a balance of inbound and outbound containers to reduce the cost of repositioning empty containers.

When there is a surplus of inbound containers in a country, such as China, shipping lines must incur additional costs to reposition empty containers to other locations. These costs include transportation, handling, and storage fees, which can add up to a significant amount. Additionally, the repositioning process can cause delays in container operations, impacting supply chain efficiency.

The industry standard for repositioning empty containers is to rely on partner networks, but this has traditionally been a challenging and time-consuming task, especially when operating on a global scale.

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