China Bunker Fuel Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by Fuel Type (High Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO), Very-low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO), Marine Gas Oil (MGO), and Others), and Vessel Type (Containers, Tankers, General Cargo, Bulk Carrier, Other Vessel Types)

China Bunker Fuel Market Size

China Bunker Fuel Market  - Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2021
CAGR > 4.50 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Bunker Fuel Market Analysis

The China bunker fuel market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 4.5% during the forecast period. Factors such as high trade activities with major economies across the globe is expected to drive the market. However, as the country is a net exporter to a diversified destination, so with the outbreak of COVID-19, the global economic slowdown had a significant negative impact on the Chinese maritime industry during 2020. With the slow recovery from COVID-19 in some major export, destinations are likely to hinder the market growth during the forecast period.

  • Trade tension between the United States and China is likely to have a negative impact on the Chinese maritime business and the country's bunker fuel market during the forecast period.
  • Chinese Ministry of Transport plans for building infrastructure and utilizing LNG as a marine fuel by 2025 is likely to create an opportunity for the LNG marine fuel growth in the near future.
  • The container vessels held a significant market share in 2019, and is likely to continue its dominance during the forecast period.

China Bunker Fuel Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the China Bunker Fuel Market according to our research experts:

Trade Tensions between the United States and China is Likely to Restrain the Market Growth

  • Trade tension began between the United States and China due to high tariffs imposed and other trade barriers on Chinese goods by the United States government in 2018.
  • During 2018, the United States imposed a tariff of more than USD 360 billion on Chinese goods, and on retaliation, China imposed tariffs of more than USD 110 billion on United States' products.
  • The last tariff imposed by the United States was in September 2018 on food items and various other musical instruments. The trade war continued till June 2019, when the Chinese government imposed a tariff of USD 60 billion on the United States' goods.
  • The high tariff on both sides affected the trade and marine transportation between the countries and significantly affected the trade volume. In 2019, the trade volume of goods handled by the Chinese coastal ports decreased by nearly 0.3 billion metric tonnes compared to 9.46 billion metric tonnes in 2018.
  • With COVID-19 outbreak, the trade war took a new dimension. The United States government considered China a primary reason for the pandemic and accused the country of suppressing vital information regarding the first virus outbreak in China.
  • Though the conflict was not related to trading, the United States banned Chinese company, Huawei, from using United States' software and hardware in strategic semiconductor processes in May 2020. The United States also pressurized the European government to refrain from collaborating with Huawei. Thus, such a situation is expected to repeat the 2018 trade relation of the United States and China, which is likely to negatively affect the sea trade market and the marine fuel market during the forecast period.
China Bunker Fuel Market - Volume of Goods Handled by Port Type

Container Vessels to Witness Significant Growth

  • Container fleets are cargo ships with truck-size intermodal containers used to carry all the load. These are widely used for commercial intermodal freight transport. These are typically large, fast, and complex ships operated on a liner service.
  • The capacity of the container fleet is measured in Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU). These container fleets hold a capacity of 20-foot to 40-foot (2-TEU). Modern container ships today hold the ability to carry over 19,000 TEU.
  • About 85% - 90% of the non-bulk cargo is transported through container fleets. The containerized form of freight is the preferred medium of transportation for various industrial products.
  • Container vessels are mostly operated on China and the United States sea route, which is mostly used to transport goods like meat, toys, electrical machinery, electronic goods, etc.
  • Ports that handle the highest number of container vessels in China are Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Guangzhou Harbor, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Tianjin, Kaohsiung, and few others. During 2019, the ports handled 231 million TEUs.
  • With increasing trade relation with countries like Greece and Israel, and on order five new 23,000 TEU containers vessels by Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), it is expected to have significant growth in containers vessels traffic in Chinese ports, which is likely to a positive impact on the market growth.
China Bunker Fuel Market - Container Handled at Sea Ports

China Bunker Fuel Industry Overview

The China bunker fuel market is moderately consolidated. Some of the major bunker fuel suppliers include PetroChina Company Limited, Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales Co. Ltd, China Marine Bunker Co. Ltd., and Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited. Some of the major shipping companies include Cosco Shipping Lines Co Ltd, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), China Merchants Energy Shipping Co. Ltd, Sinotrans Limited, Parakou Group, and Nan Fung Group.

China Bunker Fuel Market Leaders

  1. PetroChina Company Limited

  2. Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales Co. Ltd

  3. China Marine Bunker Co. Ltd.

  4. Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited

  5. Cosco Shipping Lines Co. Ltd.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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China Bunker Fuel Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2025

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 Fuel Type

      1. 5.1.1 High Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO)

      2. 5.1.2 Very-low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO)

      3. 5.1.3 Marine Gas Oil (MGO)

      4. 5.1.4 Others

    2. 5.2 Vessel Type

      1. 5.2.1 Containers

      2. 5.2.2 Tankers

      3. 5.2.3 General Cargo

      4. 5.2.4 Bulk Carrier

      5. 5.2.5 Other Vessel Types


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Fuel Suppliers

        1. PetroChina Company Limited

        2. Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales Co. Ltd

        3. China Marine Bunker Co. Ltd.

        4. Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Ship Owners

        1. Cosco Shipping Lines Co Ltd

        2. Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)

        3. China Merchants Energy Shipping Co. Ltd

        4. Sinotrans Limited

        5. Parakou Group

        6. Nan Fung Group

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

China Bunker Fuel Industry Segmentation

The China bunker fuel market report includes:

Fuel Type
High Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO)
Very-low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO)
Marine Gas Oil (MGO)
Vessel Type
General Cargo
Bulk Carrier
Other Vessel Types

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China Bunker Fuel Market Research FAQs

The China Bunker Fuel Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 4.5% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

PetroChina Company Limited, Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales Co. Ltd, China Marine Bunker Co. Ltd., Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited and Cosco Shipping Lines Co. Ltd. are the major companies operating in the China Bunker Fuel Market.

China Bunker Fuel Industry Report

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