The Top 5 Busiest Ports in the World
The global economy heavily relies on maritime shipping, as 90% of international trade is transported via ocean freight. The maritime shipping industry is crucial to the growth and survival of the global economy. The busiest ports in the world play a vital role in controlling the flow of commodities in and out of them, acting as final destinations, origins, or transhipment points. Keep reading as we explore the busiest ports across the world!
1.Port of Shanghai, China
The Port of Shanghai has grown rapidly since 2010, when it overtook Singapore as the world’s busiest port. It is now deemed the world’s busiest port and essential to China’s trade, handling over 43 million, 20 foot equivalent units (TEUS) in 2019.
The Port of Shanghai’s 200 berths and cutting-edge equipment enable the port to handle large ships and cargo easily.
2.Port of Singapore, Singapore
Strategically located to link Asia, Europe, and America, the Port of Singapore boasts over 200 berths and high-end logistics and transportation facilities.
The port connects 130,000 vessels annually to over 600 ports in 123 countries. It handles 20% of the world’s shipping containers.
3.Port of Shenzhen, China
The Port of Shenzhen is the third largest globally and the second largest in China. The region is a hub for technological companies such as Huawei, Tencent, and SenseTime due to the technological advancements in the area.
The Port of Shenzhen has experienced a surge in commerce and container traffic due to the city’s industrial activities and investments. This constant growth propelled the port past the nearby Port of Hong Kong to become the third-busiest port in 2013.
4.Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, China
In 2006, the Port of Ningbo and the Port of Zhoushan merged to create the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, now ranked as the world’s fourth-largest port. This port is a vital access point for regional trade and commerce, and it is strategically located at the entrance to the Yangtze River on China’s eastern coast.
With over 400 berths, the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is known for its state-of-the-art infrastructure, including advanced terminal equipment and container storage facilities.
5.Port of Guangzhou, China
The Port of Guangzhou, situated in the southern province of Guangdong, is a crucial entry point for trade and business in south China.
The Port of Guangzhou became the fifth busiest port in the world after it handled a record-breaking number of 21.87 million TEUs in 2018. This was a 7.4% increase from what was held by the port in 2017.
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