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 |
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.
Port News

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

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
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

JOC Global Port Rankings: Asian ports grew fastest in 2019

JOC Staff |
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.
Port NewsNorth American ports

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

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
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 |
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.
North American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Maritime consortium pushes for quicker adoption of digital port systems

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
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 terminalsNorth American portsLogistics Technology News

Microsoft, FedEx partner to enhance supply chain visibility

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
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.
Logistics Technology NewsTrucking NewsAir Cargo

Averitt connects TEU to LTL market in Houston

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
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

FedEx leans into e-commerce, optimizing last mile

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
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 Technology NewsTrucking NewsAir Cargo Forwarder News

Container gateways evolving from cargo ports to data portals

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
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 News

JNPT walks back direct terminal handling fees

Bency Mathew, Special India Correspondent |
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 |
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 Regulation NewsTrucking News

Union protections at forefront of Hutchison deal to buy Rotterdam terminal

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
Port News

Top 50 global port rankings 2018

JOC Staff |
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.
Port News

Collaboration needed to stem Mexico port delays

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Terminal operators at Mexican ports say they need to work more closely with rails and truckers, and have better coordination with cargo owners to reduce shipping delays.
Marine terminals

Financer fights to preserve LA port dray-off project

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The lead investor in a container support facility in Los Angeles criticized the port for what he termed giving in to political and ILWU pressure by declaring a key efficiency initiative known as the Harbor Performance Enhancement Center to be “infeasible.”
North American ports

GCT New York rides container volume rebound

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Cargo is growing again at GCT New York, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sees the terminal’s unused capacity as ripe for development to meet the port’s future needs.
North American ports

LA terminal automation proceeds after permit vote

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Amid intense scrutiny from longshore unions throughout North America, the LA harbor commission on Thursday approved a construction permit at APM Terminals Pier 400 that will open the door to a scalable type of automation that could be incorporated into smaller terminal operations in other ports.
North American ports

India, Japan help revive Colombo terminal project

India Special Correspondent |
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.
International ports

Shippers to benefit from Singapore port consolidation

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
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.
International ports

More Antwerp port terminals expand hours to handle growth

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
The Port of Antwerp is expanding its program of extended terminal gates and launching a six-month test of 24-hour gates at two terminals as cargo volumes at the port continue to grow.
International ports

LA’s Seroka urges immediate action on port fluidity

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka tells JOC.com a port-wide trucker appointment system and off-dock chassis storage must be implemented now if the nation's largest port complex is going to avoid terminal congestion and equipment dislocations in the upcoming peak season.
North American portsDrayage

NY-NJ port handling larger ships with bigger discharges

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey say that although the steady increase in vessel sizes and discharge volumes at the port means that 20 percent of all containers are moved on ships of 13,000 TEU or more, the terminals have been able to handle the cargo smoothly.
North American ports

India progresses on port portal after rocky rollout

India Special Correspondent |
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.
International portsLogistics Technology News

LBCT deal gives Macquarie US West Coast foothold

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Australian banking and investment group Macquarie Infrastructure Partners already has stakes in New Jersey's Maher Terminals at Port Elizabeth and Penn Terminals.
North American ports

Supply-demand gap on Asia-Europe trade widens

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The injection of vessels comes as demand growth of Asia-Europe westbound volume slows.
Container linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

New bridge to boost LA-LB port truck fluidity

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland are investing billions in physical infrastructure, digitization, and process improvements to relieve congestion and speed container transport.
North American portsTrucking NewsRail News

Dual threats make 2019 pivotal for shipping

Peter Tirschwell |
The year 2019 will likely become one of the most consequential in a generation for container shipping; old challenges are off the table, but new ones have replaced them.
Container lines

Congestion clogs port of Manila

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Truck shortages, warehouse closures, and too many empty containers have exacerbated terminal and landside congestion.
International portsCool Cargo News

NY-NJ truckers plead for port ‘backlog’ relief

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
High cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey and shortened workweeks due to the holidays have prompted the call for Saturday hours.
North American portsDrayageTrucking News

APM Terminal’s automation at LA foreshadows more

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Mega-ships and California environmental regulatory pressure is pushing APM Terminals to automate 100 acres of its Los Angeles facility.
North American portsLogistics Technology News

Infographic: Navigating LA-LB port pain points

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
With 12 container terminals handling more than 16 million TEU per year, including 30,000 gate moves per day, Los Angeles-Long Beach is the nation's most complex port environment.
North American portsTrucking NewsDrayageContainer lines

Infographic: Trans-Pacific shippers' 2019 outlook

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The annual survey of shipper views on the most important issues in the trans-Pacific trade.
Container lines

LA-LB port set for another month of congestion

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The cause of the extreme gridlock at Los Angeles-Long Beach is manifold.
North American portsDrayageTrucking News

Unreliable ocean service cramps Europe shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
“If a carrier comes with a 30-day transit and they suddenly change to 40 days, we need to know about it one month in advance,” a shipper of medical products said.
Container lines

Terminal pact holds little for Hong Kong shippers

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The alliance of Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong), and Asia Container Terminals is aimed at improving terminal utilization and efficiency.
Marine terminalsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

NY-NJ port volume surge makes chassis scarce

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Chassis supplies are low at the Port of New York and New Jersey due to high cargo volumes and chassis dwell times.
Marine terminalsDrayage