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

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.
06 Mar 2019
Shippers using the inland container depot to store empty containers will now be subject to an additional $6 per day charge.
01 Mar 2019
The new port tariff policy aims to address longstanding issues with a 2005 revenue program that disadvantaged older terminals, but operators are urging the government to consider a demand-based model.
26 Feb 2019
Enforcement of a revamped customs program requiring carriers to electronically submit manifest data prior to arrival or departure at Indian ports had already been pushed back twice.
21 Feb 2019
An unregulated tariff regime and close strategic relationships with ocean carriers MSC and CMA CGM has helped private port terminal operator the Adani Group capture a 30 percent share of India's container market.
19 Feb 2019
The recently completed dredging project will allow India's busiest container port to handle vessels with a capacity of 12,500 TEU without tidal restrictions, and officials expect efficiency gains as well.
19 Feb 2019
After initially struggling to attract liner customers due to high tariffs, the Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) reported record volumes in each of the last three months, but that growth will be difficult to sustain with so much local competition.
12 Feb 2019
The carrier accounts for roughly 20 percent of India’s containerized trade and officials say there's more potential growth "hidden in the hinterland."
11 Feb 2019
A new record call size at DP World’s “futuristic” NSIGT facility is the latest example of efforts to attract carriers by offering more efficient terminal operations.
11 Feb 2019
Chittagong will offer priority berthing to vessels carrying containers bound for the state-run Pangaon Container Terminal.
08 Feb 2019
A new 4,800-acre complex at Machilipatnam will enter an already overcrowded port market on the southeast coast of India.
07 Feb 2019
Foreign carriers are now free to transport containers for transshipment between Indian ports, but high port-vessel-related charges and a lack of sufficient gateway cargo remain a deterrent to mainline carriers looking to offer regular calls at Cochin.
06 Feb 2019
PSA International’s new terminal at India’s busiest container gateway handled a record 67,661 TEU in January and is poised for more growth as the year continues.
Containers stacked at a port.
30 Jan 2019
Stakeholders at the public container gateway worked harder to improve efficiency, amid ever-challenging market conditions.
Intermodal rail at JNPT.
28 Jan 2019
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has started handling import cargo booked under direct port delivery services by intermodal rail.
21 Jan 2019
Bangladesh shippers have nearly tapped out containerized rail capacity on the Chittagong-Dhaka route.
PSA opened the Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) at JNPT in February 2018, with a capacity of 2.4 million TEU annually in the first phase. Source: Shutterstock
21 Jan 2019
The Competition Commission of India has found merit in concerns expressed by PSA International regarding inter-terminal rail operations at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.