Container producers, principally concentrated in China, are anticipated to churn out 5.4 million new containers this yr, about double their pre-pandemic output, in keeping with Drewry Delivery Consultants. However these efforts are being hampered by shortages in uncooked supplies, resembling metal and lumber, in addition to welders. The manufacturing course of will be lengthy and expensive, too: Every container takes about two years and $100,000 to make, in keeping with Niels Larsen, president of DSV Air & Sea North America, a worldwide transport and logistics agency.