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.
02 Jan 2017
Southeast Asia’s port scene is incredibly dynamic, and 2017 will be a year of significant changes with big implications for shippers.
30 Dec 2016
Reliance on growth from an ever-expanding pie of box volumes growing in the high single or double-digits is a thing of the past for Chinese ports.
29 Dec 2016
DP World increased its shareholding in the largest Busan container terminal.
28 Dec 2016
The Port of Antwerp handled 10 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time in 2016, extending a growth trend that will further boost its market share in the highly competitive Le Havre-Hamburg port range.
15 Nov 2016
A pilot project at the Port of Los Angeles will enable members of the supply chain to plan operations 10 to 14 days in advance of vessel arrival.

Commentary

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