Friday, 13 July 2012

U.K. Investors Consider Investments in the Philippines

British business firms are looking at potential investment opportunities in the Philippines. In the last decade, the U.K. invested close to $10 billion in the Southeast Asian country, making it the largest foreign investor in the Philippines; during that time period. The next decade in Southeast Asia, also looks promising and some U.K. businesses, are looking to capitalize on it.

There are current and future opportunities in the country for investment in the transport sectors such as airports, railways and port infrastructures. With the impending expansion of the Panama canal due to be completed in 2014, the Philippines stands to benefit greatly from the expected increase in global trade.

In fact, the Pacific Rim countries are currently in a growth phase and have been since the turn of the century. The next phase in the new age in world trade will be ushered in by the new giant mega-ships that will be seen transporting shipping containers all around the globe. Many have already set sail, and countries all around the world are modifying their ports, to make them big enough to handle; bigger ships and more containers.

The consumer demand globally is expected to continue to rise year after year with world trade barriers being modified and/or eliminated setting the stage for plenty of international opportunities for participating countries. One thing for certain, is that there will be a great demand for shipping containers, to ship the increase in cargo from factory to truck/train to ship to port to truck/train to consumer.

The shipping container industry looks bright. With the world-wide growing demand for consumer goods expected to increase annually, and the growth in the world's population continuing to increase, the market for shipping containers will reach 731 TEU’s; by 2017. Some analysts predict the world population will double within this next generation over 25 years to 14 billion. As the demand grows, so too must the supply of cargo containers, grow equally alongside.

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