International Ports

International Ports

Latest news, data and analysis about how the world’s major ports are dealing with the complex challenges that result from having to handle larger and larger ships, while nevertheless maintaining or improving their productivity.

Coverage analyzes how the world’s major container ports are dealing with the impact of a host of new technologies. The largest container ports in Asia include Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan Hong Kong, Qingdao, Gwangzhou, Tianjin, Busan, and Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The largest container ports in Europe include Antwerp (Belgium), Bremen/Bremerhaven (Germany), Felixstowe (UK), Gioia Tauro (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Gothenburg (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Novorossiysk (Russia), Primorsk (Russia), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Saint Petersburg (Russia).

The lessons learned by the world’s leading ports are explained with clarity and a minimal amount of industry jargon. Coverage and analysis of the impact of these developments on the shippers who use these ports, and on global supply chains that impact a broader range of stakeholders in the global manufacturing, retail, and other key sectors.


With a solid economic expansion underway and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in place, the export/import outlook is bright for Canada. The key task now is to fully fund vital infrastructure improvements. 

News & Analysis

29 Nov 2022
South Korea’s government took the unprecedented step of ordering some of the striking truckers back to work Tuesday, although strike organizer Cargo Solidarity said it would defy the order.
18 Nov 2022
Canada’s transport regulator has introduced a new bill that would give the government more authority to monitor port activity and address rail issues faster.
11 Nov 2022
Under the modified cabotage mechanism, foreign-flag carriers working the India trade face minimal regulations over the movement of export and import containers meant for transshipment.
09 Nov 2022
Canada is reconsidering how its port system operates in the wake of disruption tied to the pandemic and amid inland hub congestion putting upstream pressure on its Pacific Coast ports.
07 Nov 2022
Evergreen Marine has purchased the equity shares held by subsidiaries in its transshipment hub in Panama that serves both Asia and South America services into the US East Coast.
20 Oct 2022
Carriers will continue to skip calls at South African ports next week even with the end of the strike, which has caused widespread disruption to terminal operations with cargo backlogs and omitted calls on key services.
19 Oct 2022
Maersk and Wan Hai are throttling back their capacity into the US West Coast amid a severe drop in container freight rates that could lead to even more vessel cuts as the fourth quarter progresses.
18 Oct 2022
Among the Indian port projects in motion is a new deepwater greenfield harbor along the Bay of Bengal that the Adani Group hopes can serve as a growth catalyst for the relatively underrated trade region.
17 Oct 2022
The Transnet-UNTU agreement will put pressure on South Africa’s second-largest dockworker union to agree to a deal after it rejected a proposal over the weekend.
13 Oct 2022
South Africa’s state-owned terminal operator said Thursday it has offered striking dockworkers a wage package that includes a 15.1 percent pay increase over three years.
10 Oct 2022
CMA CGM will reconfigure its current services connecting the US Gulf with Brazil in November and commence a new string between the US East Coast and West Coast of South America in December.
10 Oct 2022
Major container lines serving Indian trades, including MSC and Maersk, have advised exporters they will begin charging a new freight tax that went into effect Oct. 1.
19 Sep 2022
Port terminals in Alexandria, Sokhna, Port Said, and Damietta are edging closer to full utilization, prompting operators to expand existing facilities and build new ones.
15 Sep 2022
Freight forwarders warned that shippers could face weeks of delays due to back-to-back typhoons that have battered China, while blank sailings are rising ahead of the Golden Week holiday.
13 Sep 2022
Typhoon Muifa is expected to make landfall in the Shanghai-Ningbo area Wednesday, just over a week after another storm forced the ports to close, delaying services for ocean carriers.
12 Sep 2022
About 20 percent of the 1,800 vehicles serving the Port of Vancouver would be phased out under the clean truck program that has been delayed for a second time.
07 Sep 2022
Terminal operator PSA has officially inaugurated its Tuas terminal, which will consolidate container handling operations from Singapore’s four existing terminals.
06 Sep 2022
Departures from Shanghai and Ningbo are expected to face a two-day delay after a typhoon hit coastal areas of eastern China over the weekend, while some Busan services were also disrupted.
31 Aug 2022
COVID restrictions have significantly cut cross-border container traffic between China and Hong Kong, but Chinese authorities have little reason to ease the rules with cargo being shifted to Shenzhen.
29 Aug 2022
Barge services along large parts of the Yangtze River, a critical Chinese transport artery, are severely disrupted due to the continuing drought in central and western parts of the country.
18 Aug 2022
The jump in July throughput at the world’s biggest container port came as US imports from Asia last month rose from both June and the year-ago period.
16 Aug 2022
The modernization of Vancouver's Centerm terminal provides a lesson for other land-constrained terminals looking to speed up truck turns and rail cargo flow to, ultimately, create more functional container capacity, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
15 Aug 2022
Canadian National Railway is looking to pare down the backlog of import containers at Vancouver and Prince Rupert port terminals by shuttling boxes to “relief” yards near Toronto and Montreal.
09 Aug 2022
About 1,900 stevedores plan on an eight-day strike at the UK’s busiest container port starting Aug. 21 if no new pay deal is reached.
05 Aug 2022
CMA CGM believes the advantages from a dedicated terminal in India will help it enhance service levels there as the carrier vigorously pursues integrator goals.
01 Aug 2022
With North American shippers importing record amounts of Asia-made goods, the largest gains by volume were recorded at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen.
29 Jul 2022
One shipping executive warns that if the current trend continues, Hong Kong will lose its position as a leading transshipment hub for China and the region.
22 Jul 2022
Collection of terminal handling charges has long been a controversial issue in India, as the levy often varies from terminal to terminal even within a port.
19 Jul 2022
The cargo rush some expected after Shanghai’s warehouses and factories reopened once COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted on June 1 has yet to materialize.
18 Jul 2022
An acceleration of US imports from Europe in June suggests there will be no relief through the summer for overwhelmed US East Coast terminals.
18 Jul 2022
The entry into a key Mediterranean hub is a major boost to Adani’s global ambitions, complementing its ongoing work on a container transshipment terminal at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port, which is expected to go live in 2024.
08 Jul 2022
Industry sources said a four-day drayage strike this week in southern India left about 12,000 TEU stranded across three key ports, apart from stalling the gate-in of export boxes.
05 Jul 2022
Older container trucks serving the Port of Vancouver will begin to be phased out from mid-September as the port looks to replenish the fleet with cleaner-running vehicles.
28 Jun 2022
After two years of keeping supply chains moving in a heavily disrupted logistics sector, and now facing rapidly rising inflation, transport worker unions in Europe are turning up the heat on employers.
20 Jun 2022
The congested North Europe hub of Antwerp is having its container terminal operations and inland logistics connections further tested by industrial action.