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Container prices in your region

Click on your region below to see container prices across standard container types and port locations as well as the container price development.

6 aspects that impact your shipping container price

Container size
Generally speaking, container prices increase with the size of the box. Although – take note – a 40ft box is only about 20-30% more than a 20ft box. So, it goes without saying, it’s often better value for money to go for a 40ft container.

Container condition
Do you need a one-trip container? Or does a cargo-worthy container fit your needs? A used container can save you a lot of money, compared to a brand-new one.

Geographical location
The cost of containers in specific locations varies depending on supply and demand. The current economic situation and the price of steel in a region can have a huge effect on container prices.

Sourcing channel
Hidden margins and extra costs? Your sourcing channels decide what you pay. Expand your channels and get more competitive prices. xChange also helps you find containers you can’t find in your current sourcing channels.

Cost of delivery
Going for the right supplier is important, as delivery fees can add up to more than the container cost itself! Prices vary depending on distance, number of containers, and delivery time.

Container demand
The demand for containers widely impacts container prices. That’s why it’s crucial to know where the competition is highest or lowest. Know where to source boxes with the Container Availability Index.

Shipping container prices in the US

Here’s an overview of the average container prices for standard and high cube containers in the US. The prices are based on our monthly transactions on the Container xChange trading platform.

20ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 2,706 USD
Cargo worthy 1,936 USD
WWT 1,100 USD
As Is 1,000 USD

40ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 4,358 USD
Cargo worthy 2,700 USD
WWT Data not available
As Is Data not available

40ft high cube container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 4,292 USD
Cargo worthy 2,633 USD
WWT 2,600 USD
As is 2,700 USD

Container prices at select US ports

Looking for prices in even more specific locations? Get the run-down of average shipping container prices in select US ports here.

Los Angeles Port

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Brand new 2,712 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,728 USD
40ft DC Brand new 3,492 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,351 USD
40ft HC Brand new 3,717 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,918 USD

Houston Port

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Brand new 2,257 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,293 USD
40ft DC Brand new 3,798 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,301 USD
40ft HC Brand new 4,011 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,521 USD

New York Port

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Brand new 2,559 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,431 USD
40ft DC Brand new 4,212 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,092 USD
40ft HC Brand new 3,413 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,240 USD

How container costs develop in the US

In June 2022, outbound container movement in the US continued to drop, while inbound traffic saw a major surge. Import volumes have been steadily increasing in US ports since 2019.

In the first half of 2022, the container prices have been steadily growing across types and states. Looking at 40ft high cube containers at the Port of Los Angeles, the container cost has gone up by 34% from February to August. In contrast, have the high cube container costs been slightly declining in Houston and New York.

In April this year, Houston experienced its busiest month in history. Container prices for 20ft boxes dropped by 7.8% and for 40HCs, by 9.6%. In July, the average prices picked up by 4.80% for 20ft and 5.20% for 40HCs.

Shipping container prices in the Middle East & India

Here’s an overview of the average container prices for standard and high cube containers in the US. The prices are based on our monthly transactions on the Container xChange trading platform.

20ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 3,507 USD
Cargo worthy 1,938 USD

40ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 3,550 USD
Cargo worthy 2,839 USD

40ft high cube container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 4,425 USD
Cargo worthy 3,061 USD

Container prices at Middle Eastern & Indian ports

Want location-specific container prices? Get the run-through of average container costs in select ports in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

Port of Jebel Ali

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Cargo worthy 2,080 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,787 USD
40ft HC Brand new 4,500 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,150 USD

Port of Nhava Sheva

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Brand new 3,591 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,920 USD
40ft HC Brand new 4,404 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,956 USD

Port of Mundra

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Brand new 3,418 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,956 USD
40ft HC Brand new 4,441 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 3,165 USD

How container prices develop in the Middle East & India

Recently, due to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, a lot of shipping traffic has been diverted to India. Indian ports have been expanding their capacity in order to deal with this influx of cargo.

In May this year, Mundra was the costliest port in the world for 20ft boxes, and the second costliest for 40ft containers. For 40ft HCs, it’s the 7th costliest port in the world right now.

Average shipping container price in the middle east and India

Shipping container prices in North East Asia

Get the full overview of average container prices in North East Asia right here. All numbers are based on transactions on the Container xChange trading platform.

20ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 2,520 USD
Cargo worthy 1,616 USD

40ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 4,740 USD
Cargo worthy 2,178 USD

40ft high cube container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 4,016 USD
Cargo worthy 2,635 USD

Container prices at North East Asian ports

Let’s dive into the prices across ports in North East Asia. Here’s the overview of select ports and container types.

Port of Shanghai

Type Condition Price
20ft DC Brand new 2,571 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,650 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,168 USD
40ft HC Brand new 4,145 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,578 USD

Port of Ningbo

Type Condition Price
20ft DC Brand new 2,530 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,613 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,227 USD
40ft HC Brand new 3,973 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,748 USD

Port of Qingdao

Type Condition Price
20ft DC Brand new 2,452 USD
20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,477 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 2,276 USD
40ft HC Brand new 3,795 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,589 USD

How container costs develop in North East Asia

Recently, China’s logistics industry has taken a major hit, with lockdowns in Shanghai bringing container flow to a halt.

Prices for both 20ft and 40ft containers have plummeted since last year, for 3 of the major ports. These numbers picked up at the end of May 2022 for the first time since September 2021. Since then, container prices have declined once more. Here’s how the 40ft container price has developed in the past year

Average price of 20 DC in North East Asia-2

Shipping container price in Europe

Get the full overview of average container prices in Europe right here. All numbers are based on transactions on the Container xChange trading platform.

20ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 2,789 USD
Cargo worthy 1,578 USD

40ft dry container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 4,490 USD
Cargo worthy 1,951 USD

40ft high cube container

Condition Average container price
Brand new 3,059 USD
Cargo worthy 2,078 USD

Container prices at European ports

Let’s dive into the prices across ports in Europe. Here’s the overview of select ports and container types.

Port of Rotterdam

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,329 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 1,874 USD
40ft HC Brand new 2,767 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 1,936 USD

Port of Antwerp

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,473 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 1,822 USD
40ft HC Brand new 2,867 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 1,874 USD

Port of Hamburg

Type

Condition

Price

20ft DC Cargo worthy 1,452 USD
40ft DC Cargo worthy 1,896 USD
40ft HC Brand new 2,915 USD
40ft HC Cargo worthy 2,065 USD

How container costs develop in Europe

In the past year, especially the cost of 20ft dry containers has fluctuated. We saw the biggest drop in prices from February to March with -36%. Going into August this year, the price is slowly recovering back to its previous level.

At the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, the 20ft dry container dropped 40% in price in the past year. We see a similar trend for the 40ft high cube container, which went down by 32% over the past year. You can see the price developments for 20ft containers at three major ports in Europe

Average price of 20 DC in Europe

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Shipping container price: Frequently asked questions

How much does a container cost?

The cost of a container will completely depend on the size and condition you’re looking for. For a standard 20ft box, you’re looking at an average price of around US $3,354 and for a 40ft container, around US $5,028.

What is the price of a 20ft container?

For a 20ft container, you’re looking at around US $3,485 for a box from the US, US $3,181 for a box from India, and from China about US $3,398.

What is the cost of a 40ft shipping container?

The cost of a 40ft container will depend on the location, current supply and demand, and the condition of the box. In the US, you’re looking at around US $3,956 for a standard 40ft, and in India around US $6,101.