US lawmakers call for study of China’s monopoly on container production

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US congressional lawmakers continue to ramp up efforts to scrutinize the nation’s use of shipping containers produced by China. The latest defense bill passed by the US House of Representatives on June 14 calls for Congress to study China’s “monopoly of shipping container production.”  In March 2022, Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel released a report that investigated China’s monopoly on container production. The report, which was not an official Federal Maritime Commission report but one in which Bentzel shared his personal views, noted that three Chinese manufacturers manufacture over 95% of the containers in the world, including those used in the United States. The bill calls for a study on the production and acquisition of shipping containers from foreign adversaries and procurement options from other countries. The Senate has yet to vote on the defense bill.

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