How to: reduce costs by switching from container to bulk transportation. - Broekman Logistics

How to: reduce costs by switching from container to bulk transportation


Are you a company who wants to reduce its transportation costs, but doesn’t know how to execute this? How about switching to a different form of transportation! Instead of transporting your big bags or IBC’s in the traditional containers, there is another way: bulk transport or bulk shipment. In this blog, we explain how your product can be transported more efficiently and environmentally friendly and, most importantly, how you can avoid higher container prices. Are you interested in this change in shipping? We’ll explain why this could be an intriguing move for your business.

The recent global supply chain disruptions

With the growing challenges which the world is facing, we are experiencing various disruptions in our global supply chain. Unfortunately, this will not be over soon. We had various interferences like COVID-19 and more recently, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This is not the first major disruptive event and it will not be the last. To avoid and prepare for these developments, companies need to adjust their strategic focus to not only survive regular disruptions, but also to benefit from them. Some of the immediate impacts of these global supply chain disruptions are as follows.

Rising container prices and lower profit margins

The cost of shipping containers peaks during our recent global disruptions. The average port-to-port spot prices from Shanghai to Rotterdam have skyrocketed from $1,800 in early 2020 to more than $12,000 in July.

This development means that the total cost of container transport has risen by more than 500%. In addition, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) warns us that global consumer prices will continue to rise in our current year, 2022. This will lead to significantly lower profit margins and will put pressure on the logistics supply chain. This will mean that other solutions for trading goods from Asia to Europe will be especially attractive to producers of and traders in bulk.

Less capacity and an almost impenetrable container market

Less capacity and high demand for containers in the container market have caused current container prices to rise dramatically over the past year. Carriers have dispatched more vessels, enabling them to ship more containers in the current strained market. This has definitely not alleviated the pressure on the container market. With the top ten liners controlling 85% of the market, these companies’ accessibility to places on the vessels is entirely controlled. This makes it hard for smaller players to secure a spot on the vessel while paying an exorbitant price. By switching to bulk shipping, these obstacles could be avoided.

Growing volumes and port congestion

As the volumes of large container ships increase, ships arriving at the port cannot load or unload their cargo. This is a direct result of terminals already being overcrowded and therefore full. This is also known as port congestion. Only one-third of all container ships arrive on schedule, according to the latest performance report from Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis. The result is low reliability due to bottlenecks and long delays. Late arrivals also further drive up costs for shippers.

Sustainability and participation

Sustainability arguments continue to be leading topics in 2022. Among these topics, deep-sea vessels are always at the forefront of the energy transition. There are several ‘green’ solutions that can be chosen from the deep-sea terminal to an inland terminal. By choosing intermodal solutions for the last inland kilometers, such as barge or rail transport, you can substantially contribute to a greener aggregation of cargo transport.

Changing transportation as a solution

By transporting your large shipment and cargo in a bulk carrier or ship, you avoid the crowded and controlled container market and save a lot of space, money and administration. Upon arrival of the bulk carrier at the terminal, options for storage and transshipment and value-added services are needed to optimally serve the end market. The project forwarding department of Broekman Logistics can arrange the bulk transport by sea and take care of all the administration and documentation. Using your own project service terminal, Broekman Logistics can add the value you want to your shipment.

Do you want more information? Please get in contact with our expert Mark de Laat.

Share this message

Contact me

Mark de Laat

Manager Business Development
[email protected]

We care about your privacy

We and third parties use cookies on our website for statistical, preference and marketing purposes. Google Analytics cookies are anonymized. You can change your preference by clicking on 'Set yourself'. By clicking 'Accept' you accept the use of all cookies as described in our privacy statement.

Powered by WP Brothers

Choose your privacy preferences

You can change or withdraw your consent at any time via the cookie statement on our website. In our privacy policy you will find more information about who we are, how you can contact us and how we process personal data.


Necessary cookies help make our website more usable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. Without these cookies the website cannot function properly.


Preference cookies ensure that the website can remember information that influences the behavior and design of the website, such as your preferred language or the region where you live.


Statistical cookies help us understand how the website is used by collecting and reporting data anonymously. With this information we can continue to improve our site for optimal use.


We use marketing cookies to show relevant content and advertisements on other websites you visit that are tailored to your interests.