Asian Ports

Asian Ports

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.



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

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.
Private JNPT terminals resist incentives for Chabahar calls
15 Aug 2019
India is investing $500 million in Iran’s Chabahar port, but a lack of demand has forced the Indian government to consider offering tariff discounts at Indian ports for carriers en route to Chabahar.
12 Aug 2019
Sponsored: China’s One Belt, One Road initiative has the potential to "resettle the landscape,” according to John Painter, president and CEO of Guangzhou Port America. At the JOC's 2019 TPM Conference, he discussed its impact on volumes, Guangzhou’s near-term expansion programs, and the tariff question.
12 Aug 2019
Three of the busiest container ports worldwide — Singapore, Busan, and Hong Kong — are all heavily reliant on transshipment, while another primarily transshipment-oriented port, Colombo, saw the third-fastest growth in 2018 of any port in the JOC Top 50.
Top 50 Global Container Ports 2018
09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
Work slowdown hits DP World Nhava Sheva
10 Jul 2019
Crane workers Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal in India have slowed operations in recent weeks over a contract dispute, and data shows their actions are having an impact on volume flow through the facility.
High port costs hurt Indian hub efforts
02 Jul 2019
The Indian government has been working hard to transform some of its key domestic ports into regional hubs to discourage foreign transshipment, but there is one major obstacle standing in the way: port charges for mainline ship calls.
11 Jun 2019
More than 12,000 users have registered to use a new digital portal meant to being greater transparency to Indian ports, more than double the number of users from just a month ago.
03 Jun 2019
Container lines have been waiting five years for the Chinese government to resolve a problem involving an air draft restriction at a key bridge in Hong Kong, and the delay is now costing the port business.
31 May 2019
The two governments have agreed to help fund Sri Lanka’s East Container Terminal (ECT), a second facility under the Colombo South Harbor development program.
29 May 2019
Singapore’s Tuas mega-port project is expected to bring greater efficiencies to existing operations while increasing capacity by about 20 million TEU annually in the first phase alone.
28 May 2019
APM Terminals has taken issue with assertions made by PSA (India) in seeking to apply an additional fee on railed containers passing through PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals on mixed freight trains.
28 May 2019
A desire by the Chinese government to stop wasteful duplication of resources is one factor behind a move to restructure three gateway ports in southern mainland China and Hong Kong.
22 May 2019
The Ocean Alliance will skip two Asia-US West Coast sailings in June in an effort to maintain rates as the US-China trade war takes a toll on volume.
21 May 2019
Shipper interest in a free trade zone in Zhuhai, China, is being driven by a shortage of logistics space and rocketing rental prices across the Pearl River in Hong Kong.
17 May 2019
JNPT and Customs officials will jointly hold a meeting with all stakeholders on May 21 to deliberate actions necessary to settle the intra-port logistics problem, industry officials told
15 May 2019
At the center of the issue has been an additional fee other terminals operated by DP World and APM Terminals sought to apply on BMCT-meant export-import containers handled via mixed trains connecting at their rail yards.
14 May 2019
Software issues that marred the initial deployment of India’s redesigned port community system have been resolved, but broader stakeholder concerns over data security remain.
13 May 2019
Following the February completion of a major dredging project, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) can now handle vessels with a capacity of 12,500 TEU without tidal restrictions.
08 May 2019
Coastal transshipment at Indian ports has grown considerably since the relaxation of cabotage rules, but detractors argue that privately operated minor ports have reaped more of the benefits than their publicly run counterparts.
06 May 2019
On Monday evening, roughly 12,760 TEU of export containers, 8,914 TEU import containers, and 38,000 empty containers were clogging inland container depots near the port.
02 May 2019
Chittagong — which suffers from a lack of container capacity, contributing to sporadic congestion even during good weather — ended operations 10 a.m. Thursday local time.
02 May 2019
Following a strong first year in operation, Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) is expecting to capture additional cargo now that the facility is able to service multiple mega-vessels simultaneously.
29 Apr 2019
Armed with more modern infrastructure and unregulated tariffs, privately operated ports in India have been growing volumes faster than their state-run counterparts.
22 Apr 2019
After months of heated debate, lawmakers in India are moving forward with new port tariff regulations designed to roll back competitive advantages afforded to newer terminal operators within the current framework.
16 Apr 2019
Average vessel turn times at the country’s state-owned ports dropped more than 7 percent in the fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2019.
04 Apr 2019
India's cabotage reform-led direct shipping gains accelerate.
01 Apr 2019
Adoption of India’s redesigned port community system is increasing, but ocean carriers say there’s more work to be done to provide a seamless, secure user experience.
29 Mar 2019
Shippers are fighting a decision by 18 privately owned inland container depots to raise packing charges on a wide range of cargo categories.
27 Mar 2019
Japan’s third-largest container port is looking to regain momentum in cargo growth after the effects of typhoon Jebi hampered operations and volumes in the latter portion of 2018.
25 Mar 2019
A combination of growing call sizes and increasing domestic competition is putting the spotlight on berth productivity as a competitive differentiator for container ports in India.
20 Mar 2019
Exports from Afghanistan are expected to double in the next year thanks to the new marine transshipment route, according to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
14 Mar 2019
The French ocean carrier’s latest intermodal offering aligns with its strategic goal of offering more integrated supply chain services, as well as an Indian government goal to convert more container cargo from truck to rail.
06 Mar 2019
Long-haul container carriers are looking to take advantage of a recent change in India cabotage rules intended to lure transshipment cargo away from foreign hub ports.