How many Shipping Containers are there in the world?

15th April 2016

With estimates from 5 million to 170 million - can we really find the answer to how many shipping containers there are in the world?

The factors to take into consideration when attempting to answer this question are:

  • No records exist
  • Who owns the shipping containers?
  • Shipping containers in service
  • Ex-service shipping containers
  • New shipping containers

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