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.


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News & Analysis

14 Nov 2019
Abu Dhabi Ports officials will initiate talks with Indian counterparts to draw up a roadmap for establishing integration links between their respective digital logistics portals.
11 Nov 2019
The Indian government shows it is taking a long-term view in implementing regulatory reforms for supply chain logistics by agreeing to modify one controversial proposal.
11 Nov 2019
Shippers in Bangladesh fear a cut in profit margins following a cyclone that temporarily closed Chittagong port, creating a queue of vessels that will take at least a week to clear.
07 Nov 2019
Australia’s competition watchdog says terminal infrastructure charges have surged more than 60 percent in the past year, prompting shippers to press for government intervention.
05 Nov 2019
The container growth rate at Indian ports during the first seven months of the fiscal year shrunk to 3 percent, down from 8.4 percent in the same period a year ago.
04 Nov 2019
While India’s supply chain reforms move forward, stakeholders say they need more clarity on the changes in order to allow for a smooth implementation.
31 Oct 2019
The Indian government has been forced to offer incentives to encourage trade activity on the low-volume shipping corridor linking Afghanistan via Chabahar port in Iran.
30 Oct 2019
India’s transshipment business is showing signs of growth, thanks to the country’s recent cabotage liberalization.
24 Oct 2019
The third blockage this year of the main rail line into the Mexican Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, which is operated by Kansas City Southern of Mexico (KCSM) will likely add to shipper fears that moving cargo by rail is unreliable.
22 Oct 2019
India’s port development efforts include reinvigorating dozens of minor coastal harbors in order to enhance their freight handling capability.
18 Oct 2019
Dockworkers involved in contract negotiations at the Port of Montreal received support this week from an international union that attended a hearing on whether the ports are so important to public health and safety that they can’t be subject to a strike or a lockout.
18 Oct 2019
The amount of time container ships spend at port continued to rise in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of port productivity data.
18 Oct 2019
Faced with massive truck congestion daily, officials at Bangladesh’s main port are studying the feasibility of building an automated overhead conveyor system to move containers more efficiently.
16 Oct 2019
Mexico’s fourth-largest port by volume is bucking the trend of slower cargo growth by posting solid gains in volume this year that far outpace the rise in cargo through all Mexican ports combined.
14 Oct 2019
Bangladeshi shippers are relieved after the local customs agent that handles Cosco Shipping’s business in the country had its license reinstated.
09 Oct 2019
DP World Nhava Sheva, which has two terminals at India’s JNPT, has set up a “paperless system” for the clearance of import cargo in an effort to further reduce truck wait times and accelerate cargo flow.
07 Oct 2019
Truck owners agreed to resume freight hauling after a meeting with JNPT port leaders and local traffic regulatory officials in which authorities promised to more expeditiously resolve the truckers’ concerns regarding road infrastructure and new regulatory measures.
04 Oct 2019
A trucker protest at India’s JNPT has cut into cargo lifts for vessels at berth or waiting in line to call at the country’s busiest port for container shipping.
02 Oct 2019
Indian port stakeholders agree that pricing changes are needed if key domestic ports want to become competitive against foreign counterparts.
24 Sep 2019
India’s container volumes are facing headwinds due in part to geopolitical factors, according to Maersk, though “immense opportunity” exists if the country positions itself appropriately.
23 Sep 2019
A hearing into whether a strike or lockout would be so disruptive to the Port of Montreal that it should be prohibited will continue after the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) rejected a claim by employers that a board member had shown a pro-union bias.
19 Sep 2019
Key freight stakeholders in India are pressing the government to do more to force compliance among those who have lagged behind in accepting new regulatory guidelines meant to ease trade bottlenecks.
19 Sep 2019
Bangladesh’s second port has launched a test case to export apparel to determine if it’s a viable alternative to bypass heavily congested Chittagong.
17 Sep 2019
Terminal operators in India’s southeast are pushing efficiency efforts in a bid to capture greater market share.
13 Sep 2019
The Indian government wants JNPT stakeholders to substantially scale up cargo movements via direct port delivery and direct port entry modes ahead of new global trade rankings published by the World Bank.
06 Sep 2019
Volumes at India’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals are on the rise following the implementation of a broader, more collaborative rail arrangement at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
05 Sep 2019
The second-largest terminal at Mexico’s Port of Manzanillo will complete an expansion project next year as the ports fends off complaints it has problems dealing with peak season volumes.
03 Sep 2019
The president of Mexico said work is continuing on a project to create a modern, efficient freight-moving operation by rail across the narrowest stretch of Mexico, which links ports on the Pacific and Gulf coasts.
03 Sep 2019
Despite some progress in streamlining procedures and improving supply chain flow, stakeholders say there is more work India needs to do in order to alleviate trade bottlenecks and lower logistics costs, particularly on inland trade.
30 Aug 2019
Shippers who find Mexico’s customs system slow, unwieldy, and unpredictable might find hope in a project the Port of Veracruz is about to launch that uses blockchain technology to create transparency for cargo moving through the customs process.
29 Aug 2019
Volumes have rocketed at the DP World Cochin terminal in India, a result of recent cabotage reforms that paved the way for foreign-flagged tonnage in the country’s coastal trade.
27 Aug 2019
Ireland’s second-largest port has boosted its customs facilities ahead of the turbulence expected from what is looking increasingly like a no-deal Brexit by the United Kingdom from the EU.
26 Aug 2019
The group that represents India’s privately owned ports and terminals wants to ensure that revenues are distributed properly under a new pricing model in the final stages of implementation by the government.
19 Aug 2019
Acquisitive-minded Adani Group is pursuing a deal that would give it a 72 percent stake of India's Krishnapatnam port.