Reflecting the explosive growth in China’s economic growth and trade, nine of the ten busiest container ports in the world are in Asia: In descending order, they were Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Busan (Korea), Hong Kong, Qingdao, Gwangzhou, Tianjin. The only exception was Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE, ranked ninth, according to the World Shipping Council,
Six of the ports ranked in spots 11 through 20 were also located in Asia; in this case, including not only additional ports in China (Dalian, Xiamen) but ports in Japan (Tokyo/Yokohama/Kawasaki), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), and Malaysia (Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas.) Only three of the remaining ports were European – Rotterdam, Antwerp Hamburg,) The only U.S. port on the top 20 list was Los Angeles, ranked in eighteenth spot.
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