Shanghai, China's biggest port in 2012 in terms of volume, saw container throughput slip year-over-year in June. It was the only one of China's 2012 top 10 ports to see a year-over-year decline for the month. The remaining nine of the top 10 ports in the country reported growth, with the ports that were previously ranked in the bottom half of the top 10 seeing the most accelerated growth.
June volume at Shanghai edged down 0.4 percent year-over-year to 2.76 million TEUs, and fell 6.0 percent from May 2013 when throughput stood at 2.94 million TEUs. Despite these declines, year-to-date 2013 port volume at Shanghai is up 2.9 percent over the same period in 2012.
The remainder of the 2012 top five ranked China ports saw moderate growth in June. But the larger increases came from those that were ranked sixth through 10th last year. The Port of Dalian, No. 8 in the 2012 rankings, continued to show the highest levels of growth of all 10 ports, seeing an 18.8 percent year-over-year jump in June, handling 826,000 TEUs. Its volume for the first half of 2013, 4.47 million TEUS, is up 23.4 percent from the same period of 2012, moving up in rankings for this year to No. 7 so far.
The other ports in the bottom half of the top 10, the ports of Tianjin, Xiamen, Lianyungang and Suzhou, each saw year-over-year increases of more than 10 percent for the month. Volume at the Port of Tianjin jumped 14 percent year-over-year in June to 1.18 million TEUs; Xiamen was up 12.9 percent to 648,000 TEUs; Lianyungang, up 15.4 percent to 465,000 TEUs; and Suzhou, up 11.3 percent to 531,000 TEUs.