High Shipping Prices from China and Heading to Turkey

High Shipping Prices from China and Heading to Turkey

What are the reasons for the high shipping prices from China?

The total number of global crises that have ravaged the whole world, from the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and the subsequent wave of unprecedented closures to the economic inflation that is ravaging the world today, even the richest countries in the world have had a retroactive effect that has led to a disruption in supply chains, such as:

  1. Imbalance between supply and demand for empty shipping containers and loading areas in cargo ships.
  2. The increase in orders and goods shipments and online purchases from all over the world, particularly Europe and America, has led to an unprecedented rise in shipments from China to these countries.
  3. Reduced supply by shipping companies due to increased global demand

This has been a major reason for high shipping prices from China to all over the world, which continues to rise steadily and continuously.

How has the increase in shipping prices from China affected commodity prices?

Within a steady series of disintegrating events, it was normal that the disruption of the world's supply chains would have led to instability in meeting the market's need for essential products and increased demand. This led to negative responses to global markets due to the monopoly of certain materials in the markets because of their scarcity and the interruption of imports needed to meet market needs, which recorded a significant decline.

We may not risk blaming, at least in part, the global inflation in most countries of the world for the high shipping price from China and elsewhere, which has strained markets and consumers alike. The real price of goods was irrationally increased due to the high price of shipping plus the greed of monopolists before goods reached consumers' hands.

How did the increase in shipping prices affect importers?

Despite competition from Chinese products for the prices of other countries' products, the doubling of shipping prices has significantly increased the value of goods to consumers and importers, forcing importers from China to look for other alternatives that meet their needs.

It was imperative that the increase in shipping rates affect importers, but rather change their attitudes from the usual supply markets to new destinations, where demand for goods has shifted and search for other sources of goods has become very urgent.

In fact, this had other calculations in world trade markets, and it was normal that some countries far from the pressure and pre-prepared with high-quality products would avail it.

Why did the demand for Turkish goods increase after the high shipping price from China?

The Turkish production market was not new, and its long-standing position cannot be described by words, as Turkish products invade most EU countries of many types of high quality, especially in the electrical and automotive sector and many primary products.

It is well known that recent years have seen a new situation in the increased association and trade between many EU countries and Turkey. For example, Britain has concluded a series of agreements with Turkey over the past year on supporting Turkish cargo supply bridges. Not to mention, Turkey's strategic location at the gates of Europe, Russia and eastern countries played an important role.

High Shipping Prices from China

Is Turkey a distinctive alternative to Chinese goods?

A comprehensive and analytical view of the advantages of the Turkish product itself and Turkey's characteristics that distinguish it from China in terms of the production market must be considered. It would be useful to stick to two main points, of which a set of points is branched out:

First: Product Quality:

Turkey has become a strong competitor to major global producers, such as China and Europe, in many products that have captured the satisfaction of global markets, as Turkish labour and products are no less skilled and qualified than others and often outperform them.

Second: Location Features

Turkey's geographical location and climate diversity have apparent advantages, especially since it is located in an incubator of regions hungry for its various products, both agricultural and industrial. Moreover, Turkey controls many sea lanes that separate warm and cold waters between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Turkey's strategic location between Europe and Asia has also played a role in mitigating the effects of high shipping prices and competition, which has led Turkish products to compete with Chinese products, particularly in the Middle East and Europe, as shipping prices from Turkey are low and acceptable.

Read also about: The best products to import from Turkey 2024

Can Turkey cover the high demand of importers?

The Turkish production market has proven dynamic in many situations, highlighted by industrial, food, and transformative products, as part of steady steps by the Turkish government to support production through large facilities for investors and importers alike. Many automakers rely on the car parts manufactured in Turkey or even establish entire factories there. Turkish household products (such as Beko) ranked second in Europe in sales.

However, the lack of raw materials in the Turkish production market has affected producers, but the current situation of increased shipping costs for importers has made obtaining goods from Turkey at a lower shipping cost certainly a preferred option.

Shipping Prices in Turkey Compared to China

To compare shipping rates and costs pre and post Corona Epidemic, it is good to give a number of examples of the gap in shipping prices worldwide, especially after the global average shipping price increased by more than 100% in 2021, for example:

  • The price of shipping one 40-foot-sized container from China to the United States has risen to more than $20,000, while the cost of shipping the container itself was only $4,000 before the Corona crisis.

Reasons for High Shipping Prices from China

  • According to one of our British customers, container shipping prices from China to Britain increased from $2,500 to $18,000 in 2021.
  • According to one of our Egyptian customers, the price of shipping a container from China to Egypt increased from $3,000 to $15,000 in 2021.

Here is a comparison of the cost of shipping a 40-foot container between China and Turkey on the one hand, and some world countries on the other:

The cost of shipping a 40-feet container

From China

From Turkey

To the USA



To Egypt



To Britain




Edited by Tebadul International Trad

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