Top 50 Global Container Ports

Top 50 global ports by annual container volume

JOC Rankings: Surging trans-Pacific boosted global port volumes in 2021

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Aug 1, 2022, 1:21 PM EDT

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.

Yard congestion forces Shenzhen port terminals to meter container in-gating

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jan 21, 2022, 4:10 PM EST

Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) and Shekou Container Terminal are restricting the number of export containers they will accept in an effort to clear an existing backlog of boxes in advance of the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 1.
International ports

USDOT, California seek to expedite port projects

JOC Staff | Oct 29, 2021, 11:36 AM EDT

A new agreement between California and the Biden administration seeks a more unified approach and “innovative” federal financing for port infrastructure projects that could speed goods inland.
North American ports

US inventory shortfall drives seemingly ‘never-ending’ peak season

Cathy Morrow Roberson, Senior Contributor, and William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 16, 2021, 10:28 AM EST

A growing gap between inventory and sales in many US business sectors is projected to drive replenishment, expedited shipping, and high levels of imports for months to come.
MaritimeRailTruckingSupply Chain

JOC Global Port Rankings: Asian ports grew fastest in 2019

JOC Staff | Aug 18, 2020, 9:27 AM EDT

Asian gateways continued to increase their dominant share of the global port market in 2019, handling nearly 80 percent of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
North American portsPorts

Drayage operators in LA-LB seek to further improve turn times

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jul 14, 2020, 4:05 PM EDT

Truck turn times in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to improve, but truckers seek more timely information from carriers and terminals so they can further reduce visit times.
North American portsDrayage

NY Waterfront Commission loses latest appeal over longshore hiring oversight

Michael Angell, Special Correspondent | Jul 9, 2020, 2:28 PM EDT

An appellate court has denied the commission’s request for a rehearing of an earlier decision that would shift responsibility for background checks and criminal investigations at the largest US East Coast port to New Jersey state police.
Transport, trade and regulationNorth American ports

Maritime consortium pushes for quicker adoption of digital port systems

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 2, 2020, 5:18 PM EDT

A group of 10 maritime bodies argues for accelerating the pace of port data standardization and adoption of modern, single-window systems, among a list of other initiatives.
Marine terminalsLogistics technologyNorth American ports

Microsoft, FedEx partner to enhance supply chain visibility

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 18, 2020, 5:24 PM EDT

Combining FedEx’s logistics network with Microsoft’s AI, machine-learning, and cloud-computing capabilities, the companies plan to offer much more granular, near-real-time visibility for entire supply chains, as well as individual shipments.
Air CargoLogistics technologyTrucking

Averitt connects TEU to LTL market in Houston

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Apr 24, 2020, 1:03 PM EDT

A new international distribution center in Houston blends US trucking and containerized imports as less-than-truckload carrier Averitt reaches deeper into US consumer markets.
LTLNorth American portsDrayageIntermodal providers

FMC seeks to avoid coronavirus-linked port gridlock

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Mar 31, 2020, 2:24 PM EDT

The Federal Maritime Commission will engage stakeholders on how it can maintain cargo fluidity in the supply chain during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in a bid to avoid disruption.
Marine terminals

FedEx leans into e-commerce, optimizing last mile

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 19, 2020, 11:41 AM EDT

FedEx expands use of its US ground unit to deliver more air express packages, as e-commerce volumes swell and Amazon ups the competitive ante.
Logistics technologyTruckingAir cargo forwarding

New UPS CEO brings shipper perspective

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 12, 2020, 2:19 PM EDT

In picking former Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé as CEO, UPS puts a former customer from retail e-commerce leader in the driver’s seat.
Logistics technologyTruckingLTLTruck brokers

Container gateways evolving from cargo ports to data portals

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 2, 2020, 1:07 PM EST

Initiatives aimed at turning container ports from conduits of physical freight activity into hubs for the digital information surrounding those cargo movements are underway in virtually every major global gateway.
Marine terminalsLogistics technology

JNPT walks back direct terminal handling fees

Bency Mathew, Special India Correspondent | Feb 24, 2020, 5:15 PM EST

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.
International ports

US ports push multimodal national freight plan

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 13, 2020, 10:58 AM EST

The long-promised National Freight Strategic Plan should be about more than highways, groups representing US ports and shippers said this week. The question still is how to pay for freight priorities.
Transport, trade and regulationTrucking

Union protections at forefront of Hutchison deal to buy Rotterdam terminal

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Dec 19, 2019, 2:35 PM EST

Hutchison Ports will have to keep APM Terminals Rotterdam at arm’s length for a while once the sale is approved, with volume guarantees and a ban on firing staff also included the deal.
International ports

NY–NJ port leadership steps up amid heightened competition

Peter Tirschwell | Nov 18, 2019, 7:00 AM EST

The Port of New York and New Jersey has been a beneficiary of the nearly two-decade shift in container cargo from the West Coast to East and Gulf coasts, but its growth has not kept pace with its competitors in the Southeast, particularly with regard to discretionary cargo moving inland via rail.
North American ports

Virginia port service shuffle promises faster rail flow

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Aug 23, 2019, 2:57 PM EDT

The Port of Virginia will shift more vessel calls to the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal so shippers using rail can receive their cargo faster.
North American ports

M&A, larger ships ramp up Asia transshipment competition

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Aug 12, 2019, 12:38 PM EDT

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.