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

18 Apr 2017
Overall throughput increased 1.5 percent.
14 Nov 2016
Hong Kong received a timely and stark reminder of the precarious position of its container port via a study from one of its main private business schools.
11 Nov 2016
Malaysia’s Westports said net profit rose in the third quarter on the back of strong revenue growth.
10 Nov 2016
HHLA’s earnings edged slightly higher in the first nine months of the year.
26 Oct 2016
As good as Los Angeles and Long Beach are in attracting strong demand, they must contend with the fractured nature of 15 million TEUs being spread out over 13 terminals.
24 Oct 2016
Multiple calls by large vessels on certain days of the week, known as vessel bunching, are straining the equipment and labor resources at US ports and presenting a growing threat to productivity at container terminals.

Commentary

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