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

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.
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.
07 Aug 2019
Ports that invest in connectivity, such as Shanghai, the best-connected port in the world, are growing the fastest and contributing significant economic benefits to their regions, according to UNCTAD report.
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.
Trans-Pacific carriers begin blanking sailings
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.