All of China's top 10 ports of 2012 saw a year-over-year increase in volume of containers handled in July. Tianjin experienced the smallest increase, just 1.0 percent, to 1.09 million 20-foot equivalent units, while Dalian had the largest increase for a fifth straight month, climbing 18.6 percent to 854 thousand TEUs.
June volume at Shanghai, China’s largest port, increased 4.8 percent in July over the previous year to 2.98 million TEUs, after sliding 0.4 percent in June. It also increased 7.9 percent from June of this year, when throughput stood at 2.76 million TEUs. Year-to-date 2013 port volume at Shanghai is up 3.2 percent over the same period in 2012, which is the second lowest year-to-date growth rate of the top ten.
Year-to-date volume at Shenzhen, the second-ranked Chinese port by volume in 2012, was up 2.4 percent year-over-year, reaching a monthly volume of 2.09 million TEUs in July. Despite its low level of growth, it experienced year-over-year increases in five of the first seven months in 2013.
Of the top five ports, Qingdao has the fastest growth rate, up 10.1 percent in January to July compared with the same period last year. In July, its throughput volume increased 8.2 percent year-over-year but slipped 2.5 percent month-to-month to 1.31 million TEUs.