List of busiest container ports worldwide

The busiest container ports worldwide! Wondering if the USA or Europa made it to the list? Check it out!

The New Number One.

The new No. 1 is the Port of Shanghai.  It handled 33.62 million TEUs of cargo in 2013, up from 32.53 million in 2012 and the 31.74 million TEUs reported in 2011.  The biggest U.S. port is puny by comparison.

1: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 2: Singapore

The Port of Singapore is no longer No. 1, but container traffic remains strong.  Last year, the port recorded 32.63 million TEUs compared with the 31.65 million in 2012 and 29.94 million TEUs in 2011.

2: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 3: Shenzhen

Shenzhen is now the second largest Chinese port. Last year it handled 23.28 million TEUs, up from 22.94 million in 2012 and 22.57 million TEUs in 2011, according to the World Shipping Council.

3: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 4: Hong Kong

The port of Hong Kong used to be the biggest of all Chinese ports, but not anymore.  Last year, Hong Kong continued to handle a dwindling number of containers as more and more ships head north to the mainland instead.  The Hong Kong container port terminal handled 22.35 million TEUs in 2013, down from 23.12 million in 2012 and 24.38 million TEUs in 2011.

4: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 5: Busan Port, South Korea

Continued growth in shipping at Busan. Last year saw 17.69 million TEUs go through the port, up from the 17.04 million in 2012 and 16.18 million in 2011.

5: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 6: Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, China

The Ningbo-Zhoushan Port handled 17.33 million TEUs in 2013, up from the 16.83 million in 2012 and the 14.72 million TEUs in 2011.

6: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 7: Qingdao, China

 Qingdao handled 15.52 million TEUs last year, up again from the 14.5 million in 2012 and the 13.02 million TEUs recorded in 2011. Not bad for a country supposedly going through a hard landing.

7: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 8: Guangzhou Harbor, China

Despite a slowdown in exports out of China, the Guangzhou port continues to handle more cargo.  In 2013 it handled 15.31 million TEUs of cargo, up from 14.74 million in 2012 and 14.42 million in 2011.

8: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 9: Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, U.A.E.

This Dubai port handled 13.64 million TEUs last year, up from 13.3 million in 2012 and 13 million TEUs in 2011, according to the World Shipping Council.  The U.A.E. has successfully positioned itself as the hub between East and West shipping lanes, with more capacity currently being built out at the Khalifa Port outside of Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E. capital.

9: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 10: Tianjin, China

The Tianjin port in China recorded 13.01 million TEUs in 2013, up from 12.3 million in 2012 and 11.59 million in 2011. TEU stands for “twenty-foot equivalent units”. A standard cargo carrier equals two TEUs.

10: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 11: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. From 1962 until 2004 it was the world’s busiest port, now overtaken first by Singapore and then Shanghai. In 2011, Rotterdam was the world’s eleventh-largest container port in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units(TEU) handled. In 2012 Rotterdam was the world’s sixth-largest port in terms of annual cargo tonnage.

Rotterdam: Busiest container ports worldwide

No. 19: America’s Largest Container Port

Stacks of truck shipments are brought into the U.S. through the Los Angeles seaport, the biggest container port in the country. Despite the U.S. being the world’s largest importer, American ports do not rank with the world’s largest. LA saw just 7.8 million TEUs of cargo through its container terminal in 2013, down from 8 million in 2012 and 7.9 million in 2011.  For the top 500 ports, see the World Shipping Council for more information.

America: Busiest container ports worldwide

TOP 50 WORLD CONTAINER PORTS

Rank Port Volume 2013 (Million TEU) Volume 2012 (Million TEU) Volume 2011 (Million TEU) Website
1 Shanghai, China  33.62 32.53 31.74 www.portshanghai.com.cn
2 SIngapore  32.6 31.65 29.94 www.singaporepsa.com
3 Shenzhen, China  23.28 22.94 22.57 www.szport.net
4 Hong Kong, S.A.R., China  22.35 23.12 24.38 www.mardep.gov.hk
5 Busan, South Korea  17.69 17.04 16.18 www.busanpa.com
6 Ningbo-Zhoushan, China  17.33 16.83 14.72 www.zhoushan.cn/english
7 Qingdao, China  15.52 14.50 13.02 www.qdport.com
8 Guangzhou Harbor, China  15.31 14.74 14.42 www.gzport.com
9 Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  13.64 13.30 13.00 www.dpworld.ae 
10 Tianjin, China  13.01 12.30 11.59 www.ptacn.com
11 Rotterdam  11.62 11.87 11.88 www.portofrotterdam.com 
12 Dalian, China  10.86 8.92 6.40 www.dlport.cn
13 Port Kelang, Malaysia  10.35 10.00 9.60 www.pka.gov.my
14 Kaohsiung, Taiwan   9.94 9.78 9.64 www.khb.gov.tw
15 Hamburg, Germany   9.30 8.89 9.01 www.hafen-hamburg.de 
16 Antwerp, Belguim   8.59 8.64 8.66 www.portofantwerp.com 
17 Keihin ports*, Japan   8.37 7.85 7.64 www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/en/
18 Xiamen, China   8.01 7.20 6.47 www.portxiamen.gov.cn
19 Los Angeles, U.S.A.   7.87 8.08 7.94 www.portoflosangeles.org
20 Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia   7.63 7.70 7.50 www.ptp.com.my
21 Long Beach, U.S.A.   6.73 6.05 6.06 www.polb.com
22 Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia   6.59 6.46 5.65 www.priokport.co.id

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23 Laem Chabang, Thailand   6.04 5.93 5.73 www.laemchabangport.com
24 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam   5.96 5.19 4.53 www.vpa.org.vn
25 Bremen/Bremerhaven, Germany   5.84 6.13 5.92 www.bremen-ports.de 
26 Lianyungung, China   5.49 5.02 4.85 www.lyg.gov.cn
27 New York-New Jersey, U.S.A.   5.47 5.53 5.50 www.panynj.gov 
28 Hanshin* ports, Japan   5.32 5.00 4.80 www.pa.kkr.mlit.go.jp/kobeport/index.html
29 Yingkou, China   5.30 4.85 4.03 www.ykport.com.cn 
30 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   4.56 4.74 4.01 www.ports.gov.sa 
31 Algerciras Bay, Spain   4.50 4.11 3.60 www.apba.es
32 Valencia, Spain   4.33 4.47 4.33 www.valenciaport.com 
33 Columbo, Sri Lanka   4.31 4.26 4.26 www.slpa.lk
34 Jawaharlal Nehru, India   4.12 4.26 4.32 www.jnport.com
35 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates   4.12 4.00 3.23 www.sharjahports.ae
36 Manila, Philippines   3.77 3.71 3.46 www.ppa.com.ph
37 Felixstowe, U.K.   3.74 3.95 3.74 www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk/
38 Santos, Brazil   3.45 3.17 2.99 www.portodesantos.com
39 Ambarli, Turkey   3.38 3.10 2.69 ww.altasliman.com/en
40 Colon, Panama   3.36 3.52 3.37 www.cct-pa.com 
41 Salalah, Oman   3.34 3.63 3.20 www.salalahport.com
42 Balboa, Panama   3.19 3.30 3.23 www.ppc.com.pa/balboa.php
43 Port Said East, Egypt   3.12 2.86 3.2 www.scctportsaid.com
44 Gioia Tauro, Italy   3.09 2.72 2.30 www.portodigioiatauro.it
45 Georgia Ports, U.S.A.   3.03 2.97 2.94 www.gaports.com
46 Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, Indonesia   3.02 2.89 2.64 www.perakport.co.id
47 Metro Vancouver, Canada   2.83 2.71 2.51 www.portmetrovancouver.com
48 Marsaxlokk, Malta   2.75 2.54 www.maltafreeport.com.mt
49 Nagoya, Japan   2.71 2.66 2.62 www.port-of-nagoya.jp/
50 Durban, South Africa   2.63 2.59 2.71 www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net

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