Asian Ports

Asian Ports

According to JOC annual ranking of the Top 50 Global Container Ports 9 of the top 10 were located in Asia, and 7 of the top 10 were from China.  In descending order, they were Shanghai, SingaporeNingbo-Zhoushan, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Busan (Korea), Hong Kong, Qingdao,  Tianjin. The only exception was Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE, which ranked 10th.


Better connectivity through improved infrastructure and technology has not only opened large markets in Asia, it has has also changed the manner and mix of freight.

News & Analysis

11 Nov 2021
Container lines are raising the bar on repositioning empties for Indian exports, and coupled with new intra-Asia routings, equipment scarcity at origin ports is easing
22 Oct 2021
With container carriers diverting calls away from congested ports in India, exporters looking to take advantage of peak season demand have been forced to reconfigure their shipment plans.
24 Aug 2021
The full opening of Ningbo’s Meidong marine terminal is reassuring the shipping industry that the disruption will have a smaller impact than the closing of Yantian International Container Terminals in late June.
12 Aug 2021
Maersk has shifted its call at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the India/Middle East–Mediterranean ME2 service to the PSA-operated BMCT after increasing vessel capacity on the loop to an average of 10,000 TEU.
12 Aug 2021
CMA CGM and Cosco Shipping have begun diverting ships away from a Ningbo marine terminal closed due to a COVID infected worker, raising the specter that congestion will build at other port terminals.
17 Jun 2021
Expansion into China is another piece of progress for TradeLens, the visibility and shipment data platform co-developed by Maersk and IBM.
15 Jun 2021
Container lines and forwarders say Yantian International Container Terminals is regaining terminal capacity amid a COVID-19 outbreak and is allowing more trucks to drop off exports.
14 Jun 2021
Heightened cargo demand and congestion issues at transshipment hub Colombo, Sri Lanka, are spurring new containerized rail services to India’s interior.
13 Jun 2021
Container lines are levying congestion surcharges for shipments through Yantian International Containers Terminals as the Shenzen complex slowly improves performance amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
10 Jun 2021
Singapore-based drayage technology provider Haulio has tied up with CMA CGM to handle coordination of port trucking in Thailand as it seeks to build a Southeast Asia-wide platform.
07 Jun 2021
Container lines are adding more alternatives to shipping through congested Yantian Container International Termina, as analysts and forwarders warn of another surge in spot container rate levels.
31 May 2021
After a COVID-19 outbreak, Yantian International Container Terminal on Monday began accepting export cargoes, but shipping executives say the congestion will take at least a week to clear.
19 May 2021
Most of India’s cargo gateways reopened Tuesday morning, but carriers tell it will take them at least until the end of the week to clear the backlog of vessels that built up over the weekend.
19 Feb 2021
Trans-Pacific shippers are being hit with a double whammy of huge rate hikes and poor service as ports and inland supply chains struggle to handled a seemingly unending deluge of imports from Asia into North America.
21 Jan 2021
The World Bank and International Association of Ports and Harbors are urging ports and maritime ecosystems to quickly find public and private solutions to digitize operations and build data-sharing initiatives to bolster trade growth.
06 Nov 2020
Container throughput at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust grew for the first time in six months on a year-over-year basis in October, and volumes hit an all-time high at Mundra Port.
22 Sep 2020
The balance of trade in and out of India has shifted in favor of exports as the country begins to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
18 Aug 2020
Asian gateways continued to increase their dominant share of the global port market in 2019, handling nearly 80 percent of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
28 Jul 2020
A data-sharing initiative between key container gateways in Europe and Asia underlines the need for shippers and service partners to be connected into multiple shipping networks.
29 Jun 2020
Indian Customs authorities have not issued any official information on the additional checks, but customs brokers and forwarders say Customs officials have been given “internal” government instructions to manually inspect all Chinese cargo.
17 Jun 2020
Ports in southeast Asia need to upgrade their terminal capacity in order to handle the expected shift in sourcing away from China that is being triggered by COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.
22 May 2020
Cargo owners argue the waiver on port storage fees will ease the the container backlog at Chittagong marine terminals, but some shipping agents disagree.
12 Mar 2020
A dispute over new tariff fees between private inland container depots in Bangladesh and Maersk, Gold Star Line, and OOCL puts hundreds of outbound container shipments, many of them apparel exports, in limbo.
24 Feb 2020
Terminal operators at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) have agreed to lift additional charges for direct port delivery (DPD) cargo they had previously sought to impose.
Reefer surcharges rocket due to Chinese port plug scarcity
14 Feb 2020
US exporters of refrigerated (reefer) cargo are facing costly delays in China and equipment shortages in the United States due to extended factory closures and limitations on worker movement caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
06 Feb 2020
It's still too early to determine the eventual impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus on global trade, but an extended shutdown of factories and transit lines to and from manufacturing centers in China could have major downstream implications for ocean carriers.
30 Jan 2020
Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in southern Malaysia has begun using Portchain’s software to automate and optimize berth planning operations.
08 Jan 2020
A jump in pilotage fees at China’s Yantian International Container Terminal come as Hong Kong is already under pressure to maintain its position as one of the world’s top 10 container ports amid a continual shift of volumes to nearby Chinese ports and some shift in manufacturing from China to southeast Asian nations.
06 Jan 2020
Dockworker and other logistics-related labor unions in Hong Kong are looking to stem a decline in membership that began after a 2013 strike that disrupted operations at Hutchison Port Holdings’ Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Guangzhou Ports (Europe) CEO Johannes Nanninga on the cargo flow transformations happening in South China and the rise of the Port of Nansha as the west side of the Pearl River Delta strengthens as a manufacturing and warehousing hub.
31 Oct 2019
The Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA) — consisting of Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals — said last month it standardized operation policies for the 12 dedicated barge berths.
Q3 Chinese port growth slowest in six quarters
28 Oct 2019
Cargo volumes at the busiest container gateways in China continued to grow in the first nine months of 2019, but at a slower rate than last year due in large part to a cooling European economy the country’s ongoing trade war with the United States.
15 Oct 2019
Although Typhoon Hagibis was the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, carriers are reporting only minor disruptions to schedules and minimal damage to port infrastructure.
16 Sep 2019
The US East Coast service, branded TP17 by Maersk and America by MSC, adds to the port of Nansha’s four weekly services to the US West Coast.
Chinese port volumes slow amid trade war
22 Aug 2019
The slowdown reflects easing global economic growth and retaliatory tariffs with the United States.