World’s Top Container Ports: 2018

At the heart of the World’s Trade Logistics chain lies the Seaports. They serve as the nerve center for cargo loading, evacuation, transshipment, storage and delivery. For coastal nations, the integration of port development into a national framework is a key ingredient towards a formidable national planning initiative. For non-coastal nations, access to seaports of neighboring countries is an incessantly burning necessity.

The introduction of the Inter-modal Shipping Container has improved the movement of cargoes around the world. A large proportion of the world’s long-distance freight, generated by international trade is transported through this means. This has made it a major contributor to the concept of globalization with the attendant reduction in the cost of transportation for these goods.

With China being the epicenter of global manufacturing, it is not surprising that majority of the largest and busiest ports in the world are located in China. These ports account for about 70 percent of the capacity of the top 10 leading ports in the world. In order to compare the container volumes as handled by these leading ports, the standard unit of Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU) for container traffic measurement is applied.

World Top Container Ports: 2018

wdt_ID Port Volume (TEU)
1 Shanghai (China) 42.010.000
2 Singapore 36.600.000
3 Shenzhen (China) 27.740.000
4 Ningbo-Zhoushan (China) 26.350.000
5 Guangzhou (China) 21.870.000
6 Busan (South Korea) 21.660.000
7 Hong Kong (China) 19.600.000
8 Qingdao (China) 18.260.000
9 Tianjin (China) 16.000.000
10 Dubai (UAE) 14.950.000
Port Volume (TEU)