All About Shipping Containers-
The Global Shipping Container Industry
Although the ISO shipping container got it's conception and start through American ingenuity, the
United States had no ability to either build shipping containers or the ships to carry them.
The first shipping containers were manufactured by Japan, Europe, then later Korea, Hong Kong
and Taiwan. Those countries accounted for about 90% of all shipping container production.
China Takes The Lead
China entered into the shipping container manufacturing in 1980, but only gained it's greatest
momentum beginning in 1993. Not only was China's low cost of labor an issue, but China was also
becoming the largest producer and recycler of steel. By 1995 even Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea
and most of Europe were producing their shipping containers in Mainland China.
By 2000 China had become the largest manufacturer of ISO shipping containers in the world, and by
2007 China was producing 82% of the entire world supply of ISO shipping containers.
Now, whether you see a shipping container from China Shipping, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, Evergreen,
OOCL, Cronos, Hyundai, Hamburg, or any other shipping company, it was still made in China.
Even though many companies such as Travelodge and Tempo Housing Keetwonen prefer new and
specially designed ISBU from China factories they are still recyclable and Eco-Green housing units.