At UTURN we are constantly analysing market trends for container transport. Now that we are in the second part of 2023, it is time to look back. How are the container transport costs developing? And what can we expect?  

Import and export prices stabilise

The pricing of import and export movements in 2023 has seen some great changes. At the start of the year, the import costs per kilometre decreased, but in the spring months we saw these costs gradually increasing. Export prices also reduced at the beginning of the year and stabilised over time, with occasional upward adjustments. These trends seem to have been influenced by external factors such as economic indices and fuel prices. 

It’s worth noting that the gap between import and export prices has grown larger this year, with export prices dropping below import for the first time in the past years. 

Shunts return to 2021 prices

Shunts, the intra-terminal movements of containers, show an interesting course. After a decline at the beginning of the year, the price for shunts are slowly going back to their low 2021 values.

What to expect?

Well, we all would like to have a crystal ball sometimes! A lot is going on in the market, from lower volumes to more capacity, and changes such as an increase in the German maut & Belgian Mileage rate.  

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