Shenzhen, China's second-biggest port in 2012 in volume terms, saw container throughput edge down year-over-year in April. Cargo also declined at China's third-biggest port, Ningpo-Zhoushan. The remaining top 10 2012 ports in the country reported growth in April. Month-to-month changes were mixed among the 10 ports.
Volume at Shenzhen, the port with the second-highest 20-foot container throughput in 2012, edged down 0.5 percent to 1.85 million TEUs compared to April 2012. In March, it saw a similar drop of 0.6 percent. Despite these declines, year-to-date 2013 port volume at Shenzhen is up 2.6 percent over the same period in 2012, as January and February saw moderate growth. April’s volume was 5 percent higher than that in March.
Ningpo-Zhoushan saw a year-over-year dip of 0.1 percent in April 2013 to 1.37 million TEUs, as well as a month-to-month decline of 0.6 percent. However, the first four months of 2013 have seen volume increase 7.3 percent to 5.5 million TEUs compared to the same period last year. Volumes increased year-over-year in the first three months of 2013.
Shanghai, China's top-ranked port in TEU throughput in 2012, saw a 4 percent increase in volume in April 2013, handling 2.83 million TEUs. This was down 1.7 percent from March when the port handlined 2.88 million TEUs. In the first four months of the year, container throughput at the Port of Shanghai increased 3.7 percent year-over-year.
Dalian, the eighth-ranked port in 2012, experienced the largest growth in April for a second consecutive month. Dalian’s throughput rose 26.2 percent year-over-year and 9.5 percent month-to-month to reach 762,000 containers in April 2013. Dalian’s TEU count was up 24 percent year-over-year in the first four months of 2013, the highest of all of the top 10 Chinese ports.