Top 50 Global Container Ports

In 2015, Asia was home to nine of the Top 10 world container ports, and 28 of the Top 50. Those 28 Asian ports matched the 0.9 percent year-over-year growth rate of the Top 50 ports overall. The port of Shanghai widened its lead over the rest of pack, growing 3.5 percent year-over-year and handling 36.54 million 20-foot-equivalent units.

Among regions, Asia led with a 72 percent share of 2015 volume among the Top 50 ports while European ports held 13.2 percent, the Americas grabbed 9.6 percent, and the Middle East trailed with a 5.2 percent market share.

If combined, the two largest U.S. ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would rank 10th on the JOC Top 50, with nearly 15.4 million TEUs, more than 1.2 million TEUs ahead of Tianjin, China.

JOC TOP 50 WORLD CONTAINER PORTS, 2015

JOC TOP 50 WORLD CONTAINER PORTS, 2014

 

Special Coverage

China’s largest port is also the world’s largest, opening a 5.6 million-TEU gap over No. 2 Singapore in 2015.

News & Analysis

20 Jul 2017
Europe’s leading ocean container hub handled 6.7 million TEU in the first six months of 2016.
13 Apr 2017
Container traffic at the port of Rotterdam grew 8.8 percent in the first three months of the year, the biggest ever quarterly increase.
09 Feb 2017
Rotterdam maintains a significant lead over Antwerp.
09 Jan 2017
2016 was one of the wildest years in container shipping history, and with the industry in such a dynamic state, 2017 will likely hold its own surprises.
09 Jan 2017
The new alliances are likely to have only a limited effect on productivity and the number of services available to shippers at North Europe ports.
03 Jan 2017
Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminals handled over 2 million twenty-foot-equivalent units for the first time ever in 2016.

Commentary

How can alliances maintain enduring links with hubs if the alliances themselves are constantly in flux?