Top 50 Container Ports

Top 50 Container Ports

Asia remains king among the Top 50 World Container Ports

Asian ports hold nine of the 10 top port rankings and fill 26 of the 50 slots in the 2013 rankings.

The Middle East’s largest container port, Jebel Ali in Dubai, ranked ninth, handling 13.6 million 20-foot-equivalent units in 2013. Jebel Ali is the flagship facility of parent DP World, a global terminal operator that handled 55 million TEUs in 2013 and 29.4 million TEUs in the first half of this year. 

Europe’s largest container port, Rotterdam, ranked 11th with 11.6 million TEUs in 2013. Construction at Maasvlakte 2 for the new APM terminal and the new Rotterdam World Gateway Terminal should be completed and operational by year-end.

Combined, the top 2 U.S. ports, the Southern California tandem of Los Angeles and Long Beach, would have ranked ninth globally, with 14.6 million TEUs.

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Shanghai port
Asia is king among global container ports, even if stalwarts such as Hong Kong, which slipped to fourth place last year in part because of a 40-day dockworker strike at five terminals, have retreated a bit.

News & Analysis

24 Oct 2014
Rotterdam’s container traffic increased 4.2 percent year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2014 as strong growth on deep-sea routes offset lower feeder shipments.
Port of Antwerp
23 Oct 2014
Antwerp’s container traffic grew 5 percent year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2014, putting the Belgian port on track for a record total throughput in 2014.
17 Oct 2014
Congestion-caused delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market to inland distribution points.
15 Oct 2014
Asia’s transshipment hubs are under increasing pressure to achieve a sustained level of productivity as mega-vessels and the alliances drive up competition, TPM Asia Conference delegates heard today.
Top 50 container ports -- who's up, who's down
02 Sep 2014
From the top to the bottom, here is a list of the ports that moved up in 2013, and those that are in danger of falling down — or even off — the list of the Top 50 World Container Ports.
Edith Maersk
25 Aug 2014
The persistent congestion clogging major gateway ports in the U.S. and Europe is raising a debate about whether it’s just peak-season volumes causing delays in import shipments or the inability of ports to handle the sharp growth in container ship sizes.

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