Top 50 Container Ports

Top 50 Container Ports

The Port of Shanghai was once again the busiest container port in the world in 2012, handling 32.5 million 20-foot-equivalent container units, up 2.5 percent from the 2011 total of 31.7 million TEUs. Singapore, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Busan rounded out the top 5, as Asian ports continued to dominate The Journal of Commerce annual ranking of the Top 50 World Container Ports. The top Middle Eastern port was Jebel Ali, which handled 13.3 million TEUs in 2012. The top European port was Rotterdam, with 11.9 million TEUs; modest growth lifted Los Angeles past Long Beach to rank as the top U.S. port. Santos, coming in at No. 42 on the list, was the top South American port; Melbourne took the top spot in Australasia, and the South African port of Durban was the busiest in Africa. 

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Georgia Ports Authority terminals
The latest vessel productivity numbers derived and analyzed from the JOC Port Productivity database should be welcome news for marine terminal operators and port authorities. Productivity at many terminals improved in the first six months of 2013 compared to the previous numbers covering all of 2012.

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Port of Ningbo
25 Jun 2014
China’s top 10 container ports handled almost 13 million TEUs in May, a growth of 2.4 percent over the same month last year, with the most impressive figures continuing to be generated by Ningbo-Zhoushan port.
JOC CEO Gavin Carter and Steen Knudsen, regional chief operating officer for the Asia-Pacific at APM Terminals. Photo: Rhiannon James.
16 Oct 2013
SHENZHEN, China — JOC Group Inc., parent company of The Journal of Commerce and, on Wednesday recognized APM Terminals Yokohama as the world’s most productive terminal for 2012.


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