Many container owners know this problem. Repositioning empty containers. That costs both time and money. But there is a solution to this problem; One-way containers – also known as cabotage containers or one trippers.

One-way containers only make one trip. Their purpose is to be either sold or returned at a partner’s depot as part of a one-way lease agreement. One-way containers help companies save costs. As well as avoid empty container repositioning mainly caused by trade imbalances between countries.

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Most container traders deal with the problem of empty container repositioning. A necessary repositioning, mainly because of two necessary moves:

  • The need to move containers from buying to selling location
  • Having to reposition equipment from surplus locations to ports with high demand for containers

Empty container repositioning is a problem caused by built-in trade imbalances in the industry. Where more shipments go from China to the U.S. compared to the other way around. But also inefficient equipment management on a company level has a responsibility in this case. You can read more about the entire repositioning problem in this blog post.

Because here we’ll tell you more about the solution to this problem – and we at xChange are here to help!

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Flexible money-saver

One-way containers increase operational flexibility. They also decrease repositioning costs. However, the one-way containers can be hard to organize operationally although the concept is pretty simple:

You pick up a container at your partner’s depot. You move it from one location to another and return it at the agreed depot.

In reality, sourcing especially one-way containers is a huge challenge. And this is why the online platform at xChange can ease the burden of your search for one-way containers.

Because you have to find new partners. Set up legal agreements. Vet your partners. All of this takes a lot of time and tracking. You also have to deal with payment handling and the entire management of a deal is a manual, cumbersome process.

That’s why most companies still reposition their containers empty. Even though they could avoid associated costs. At the same time, they could also only offer one-way moves to their existing partners or at very high volumes. Compared to leasing or buying a container, one-way containers increase your operational flexibility. And you avoid repositioning costs as well as storage and repair charges.

Find one-way containers online

One-way containers should be an efficient move without too many challenges associated with it. That is what xChange is about. We operate the first neutral online platform in container logistics for container owners and users.

Carriers, container traders and leasing companies such as Seaco offer their equipment on Container xChange. Here, they find partners that move their equipment to where they need the container for a next sale or lease deal.

A typical use case is a container trader who buys containers in Asia. They then move the containers to their selling location (let’s say that’s the US) for free on xChange. That can be with both a freight forwarder on xChange or a shipping line that has to balance out their equipment.

In both cases, we create a win-win situation for container owners and users with our neutral online platform. Because sourcing one-way opportunities become easier – and so do the operational handling.

As a container owner, you just type in your locations, select one of our vetted partners and let the platform do the time-consuming container tracking or payment handling for you!

If you feel like xChange could help you with empty repositioning, click on the banner below to get in touch with us.