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.




News & Analysis

21 Oct 2016
The Brazilian Ministry for Transport, Ports, and Civil Aviation has decided to privatize dredging operations at the country’s top three ports of Santos, Paranagua, and Rio de Janeiro.
31 Dec 2015
China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, the fifth-largest in the world and third-busiest in China, lifted 20 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time in its history, joining an elite club of four other ports that have passed that milestone.
23 Dec 2015
Container transshipment volumes at the Port of Busan were up almost 10 percent in October as the South Korea hub steadily grows this transit cargo segment than accounted for 53 percent of its throughput during the month.
18 Dec 2015
Container throughput at the port of Singapore fell by nearly 16 percent in November compared with the same month last year.
17 Dec 2015
Los Angeles and Long Beach have regained much of the market share they lost this past year because of port congestion and labor issues, and they will grow in the years ahead through massive investments in infrastructure and cutting-edge process improvements in cargo-handling, the top executives as both ports said this week.
17 Dec 2015
The port of Antwerp said its annual container traffic will exceed 9 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time in 2015 and total cargo throughput will also set a new record of more than 200 million tonnes (220 tons).


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