Cost Of A Shipping Container In The Philippines

Not sure if other countries suffer with the same but if you don’t want a shipping container they seem to be around P60,000 and as soon as you do they can be as high as P140,000.

Question is why are they so expensive?

In reality I believe its to do with a lack of safety standards and internal shipping. A lot of stuff moves around within the islands of the Philippines and neither conform to or need to conform to international standards. In the same way all the ferries that sank in the Philippines ended up with an investigation into why the ships sank but all comes down to a lack of safety and poor maintenance every time.

So how do you get a good price for a shipping container in the Philippines? I found the best way is to look and ask but never mention you want to buy one. Just keep an eye out for when someone is trying to sell one. Generally I let people know I am after one but have a limited budget and sooner or later someone will turn up at the door telling me there is one for sale.

Most things in the Philippines exist like this though if your buying the price is high if someone is selling they are normally desperate and you can get a bargain.

Shipping Container Homes Threatened As Western Trade Declines?

Maersk Ship Shipping Exports

This is a bit of an odd scenario to be in as I have been hearing for the last year about shortages of shipping containers in specific areas. But now we are starting to see the downsizing of trade and ships taking goods from Asia into Europe with Maersk as well as other companies cutting 20% of its capacity between the regions and no doubt as things continue to worsen that will reduce further.

This does put at risk the shipping container home movement as obviously the less containers to go around, the less viable shipping container homes because of containers starting to maintain a value and the scale of imports and exports may actually improve due to the growth in Asian economies, as people start to want more European products as things level out.

The green movement will no doubt approve of the decline at the same time those just wanting an affordable home may need more convincing.