Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the second and fourth highest ranked Chinese ports in 2012, showed declining year-over-year numbers in March 2013. The other eight ports of 2012’s top 10 had fair to significant growth in March. Month-to-month growth was seen for all ports, as shipments rebounded from the holiday-suppressed levels of February.
Shenzhen, the port with the second highest 20-foot container throughput in 2012, inched down 0.6 percent to 1.8 million TEUs when compared to March 2012. However the first quarter of 2013 was still up 3.7 percent over the same quarter of 2012, and March’s volume grew 20 percent month-to-month from February's level.
Guanghzou experienced a steep year-over-year drop of 23 percent in February 2013 to 789 thousand TEUs, which was the main reason for its 1.3 percent year-over-year decline in the first quarter of 2013. It continued to fall, yet at a much slower rate, in March, down 3.7 percent from the prior March to 1.2 million TEUs, but bouncing back from February’s low number by climbing 57 percent month-to-month.
The top-ranked port in TEU throughput in 2012 was Shanghai, which experienced a 5.3 percent increase in March 2013 to 2.9 million TEUs. This was a 43 percent month-to-month jump. In the first three months of the year, container throughput at the port of Shanghai increased 3.5 percent over the same period in 2012.
The port that experienced the largest growth in March was Dalian, the eighth-ranked port in 2012. Dalian’s throughput rose 26 percent year-over-year and 6 percent month-to-month to reach 696,000 containers in March 2013. Dalian’s TEU count was up 23 percent year-over-yeatr in the first quarter of 2013.