List of world's busiest container ports

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This is a list of the world's busiest container ports by total number of actual twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) transported through the port. Data listed in thousands of TEU.

Container Traffic (in thousand TEUs):
Rank Port Country 2012[1][2] 2011[3][2] 2010[4] 2009[5] 2008[6] 2007[7] 2006[8] 2005[9] 2004[10]
1 Shanghai China China 32,530 31,740 29,069 25,002 27,980 26,150 21,710 18,084 14,557
2 Singapore Singapore Singapore 31,650 29,940 28,431 25,866 29,918 27,932 24,792 23,192 21,329
3 Hong Kong China China 23,120 24,380 23,699 20,983 24,248 23,881 23,539 22,427 21,984
4 Shenzhen China China 22,940 22,570 22,510 18,250 21,414 21,099 18,469 16,197 13,615
5 Guangzhou China China 17,740 14,260 12,550 11,190 11,001 9,200 6,600 4,685 3,308
6 Busan South Korea South Korea 17,040 16,170 14,194 11,954 13,425 13,270 12,039 11,843 11,430
7 Ningbo-Zhoushan China China 16,830 14,720 13,144 10,502 11,226 9,349 7,068 5,208 4,006
8 Qingdao China China 14,500 13,020 12,012 10,260 10,320 9,462 7,702 6,307 5,140
9 Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 13,300 13,010 11,600 11,124 11,827 10,653 8,923 7,619 6,429
10 Tianjin China China 12,300 11,590 10,080 8,700 8,500 7,103 5,950 4,801 3,814
11 Rotterdam Netherlands Netherlands 11,866 11,880 11,140 9,743 10,784 10,791 9,655 9,287 8,281
12 Port Klang Malaysia Malaysia 10,001 9,600 8,870 7,309 7,970 7,120 6,326 5,544 5,244
13 Kaohsiung Taiwan Taiwan 9,781 9,640 9,180 8,581 9,677 10,257 9,775 9,471 9,714
14 Hamburg Germany Germany 8,863 9,040 7,910 7,007 9,737 9,890 8,862 8,088 7,003
15 Antwerp Belgium Belgium 8,635 8,660 8,470 7,309 8,663 8,176 7,019 6,482 6,064
16 Los Angeles United States United States 8,078 7,940 7,830 6,748 7,850 8,355 8,470 7,485 7,321
17 Dalian China China 8,063 6,400 5,260 4,552 4,503 4,574 3,212 2,665 2,211
18 Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia Malaysia 7,494 7,500 6,540 6,000 5,600 5,500 4,770 4,177 4,020
19 Xiamen China China 7,202 6,470 5,820 4,680 5,035 4,627 4,019 3,342 2,872
20 Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia 6,217 5,620 4,720 3,800 3,984 3,900 3,280 3,282 3,170
21 Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany Germany 6,115 5,920 4,890 4,578 5,529 4,912 4,450 3,736 3,469
22 Long Beach United States United States 6,046 6,060 6,260 5,067 6,350 7,316 7,289 6,710 5,780
23 Laem Chabang Thailand Thailand 5,926 5,730 5,190 4,538 5,134 4,642 4,123 3,834 3,529
24 Suzhou China China 5,860 4,690 3,640 2,718 2,443 1,882 N/A N/A N/A
25 New York/New Jersey United States United States 5,530 5,500 5,290 4,561 5,265 5,299 5,093 4,785 4,478
26 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam Vietnam 5,050 4,530 4,110 3,563 3,100 2,532 2,532 2,122 1,868
27 Lianyungang China China 5,020 4,850 3,870 3,021 3,001 2,001 1,302 1,005 N/A
28 Yingkou China China 4,851 4,030 3,340 2,537 2,030 1,371 838 634 N/A
29 Jeddah Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 4,738 4,010 3,830 3,091 3,326 3,068 2,964 2,836 2,426
30 Valencia Spain Spain 4,470 4,300 4,210 3,653 3,593 3,043 2,612 2,410 2,145
31 Colombo Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 4,321 4,260 4,080 3,464 3,687 3,380 3,079 2,455 2,221
32 Tokyo Japan Japan 4,235 4,554 4,280 3,810 4,271 3,818 3,969 3,593 3,358
33 Mumbai India India 4,225 4,320 4,280 4,061 3,953 4,060 3,298 2,667 2,361
34 Salalah Oman Oman 4,130 3,200 3,490 3,490 3,068 2,600 2,390 2,492 2,229
35 Algeciras Spain Spain 4,071 3,600 2,810 3,042 3,324 3,152 3,257 3,180 2,937
36 Khor Fakkan United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 3,996 3,230 3,020 2,750 2,112 1,850 1,730 1,929 1,819
37 Port Said Egypt Egypt 3,930 3,910 3,480 3,300 3,202 2,127 2,127 1,522 869
38 Manila Philippines Philippines 3,711 3,260 3,250 2,815 2,977 2,800 2,638 2,625 2,698
39 Felixstowe United Kingdom United Kingdom 3,700 3,740 3,300 3,100 3,200 3,300 3,000 2,700 2,717
40 Colon Panama Panama 3,519 3,370 2,810 2,802 1,856[11] 2,262 N/A 1,947 2,150
41 Balboa Panama Panama 3,305 3,230 2,760 2,012 2,011 2,167 988 663
42 Yokohama Japan Japan 3,053 3,080 3,260 2,555 3,490 3,400 3,200 2,873 2,718
43 Gioia Tauro Italy Italy 3,050 2,305 2,850 2,857 3,468 3,445 2,900 3,161 3,261
44 Savannah  United States 2,966 2,945 2,830 2,356 2,616 2,604 2,160 1,902 1,662
45 Santos  Brazil 2,961 2,990 2,720 2,252 2,675 2,533 2,208 2,240 1,883
46 Bandar-Abbas Iran Iran 2,731 2,800 2,590 2,206 2,000 1,723 1,408 1,293 N/A
47 Vancouver  Canada 2,713 2,510 2,152 2,492 2,307 2,208 1,767 1,665
48 Keelung  Taiwan 2,705 1,749 1,963 1,578 2,055 N/A N/A N/A N/A
49 Nagoya  Japan 2,655 2,620 2,550 2,113 2,817 2,890 2,740 2,470 2,304
50 Durban  South Africa 2,587 2,710 2,550 2,110 2,560 2,511 2,334 1,955 1,717

2005[edit]

Rank Port Country TEUs (000s)[12] +/- from 2004 % change from 2004
1 Singapore  Singapore 23,192 1,863 8.73
2 Hong Kong China China 22,427 443 2.02
3 Shanghai  China 18,084 3,527 24.23
4 Shenzhen  China 16,197 2,582 18.96
5 Busan  South Korea 11,843 413 3.61
6 Kaohsiung  Taiwan 9,471 0 0.00
7 Rotterdam  Netherlands 9,287 1,006 12.15
8 Hamburg  Germany 8,088 1,085 15.49
9 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 7,619 1,190 18.51
10 Los Angeles  United States 7,485 164 2.24
11 Long Beach  United States 6,710 930 16.09
12 Antwerp  Belgium 6,482 418 6.89
13 Qingdao  China 6,307 1,167 22.70
14 Port Klang  Malaysia 5,544 300 5.72
15 Ningbo  China 5,208 1,202 30.00
16 Tianjin  China 4,801 987 25.88
17 New York/New Jersey  United States 4,785 307 6.86
18 Guangzhou  China 4,685 1,377 41.63
19 Tanjung Pelepas  Malaysia 4,177 157 3.91
20 Laem Chabang  Thailand 3,834 305 8.64
21 Bremen/Bremerhaven  Germany 3,736 267 7.70
22 Tokyo  Japan 3,593 235 7.00
23 Xiamen  China 3,342    
24 Jakarta  Indonesia 3,282 -315 -8.76
25 Algeciras  Spain 3,180 243 8.27
26 Gioia Tauro  Italy 3,161 -100 -3.07
27 Yokohama  Japan 2,873 368 14.69
28 Jeddah  Saudi Arabia 2,836 410 16.90
29 Felixstowe  United Kingdom 2,700 25 0.93
30 Mumbai  India 2,667 306 12.96
31 Manila  Philippines 2,665 454 20.53
32 Dalian  China 2,665 113 4.43
32 Salalah  Oman 2,492 263 11.80
33 Nagoya  Japan 2,491 336 15.59
34 Colombo  Sri Lanka 2,455 234 10.54
36 Valencia  Spain 2,410 265 12.35
37 Oakland  United States 2,273 230 11.26
38 Santos  Brazil 2,268 385 20.45
39 Kobe  Japan 2,262 85 3.90
40 Le Havre  France 2,119 -13 -0.61
41 Keelung  Taiwan 2,091 21 1.01
42 Seattle  United States 2,088 312 17.57
43 Barcelona  Spain 2,071 188 9.98
44 Tacoma  United States 2,066 268 14.91
45 Charleston  United States 1,987 123 6.60
46 Hampton Roads  United States 1,982 0 0.00
47 Khor Fakkan  United Arab Emirates 1,930 111 6.10
48 Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 1,911    
49 Savannah  United States 1,902    
50 Melbourne  Australia 1,863 -47 -2.46

2004[edit]

Rank Port Country TEUs (000s)[13] +/- from 2003 % change from 2003
1 Hong Kong China China 21,984 1,485 7.24
2 Singapore  Singapore 21,329 2,918 15.85
3 Shanghai  China 14,557 3,277 29.05
4 Shenzhen  China 13,615 3,000 28.26
5 Busan  South Korea 11,430 1,022 9.82
6 Kaohsiung  Taiwan 9,471 619 11.36
7 Rotterdam  Netherlands 8,281 1,174 16.52
8 Los Angeles  United States 7,321 172 2.41
9 Hamburg  Germany 7,003 865 14.10
10 Dubai  United Arab Emirates 6,429 1,277 24.78
11 Antwerp  Belgium 6,064 871 9.85
12 Long Beach  United States 5,780 1,122 24.08
13 Port Klang  Malaysia 5,244 404 8.34
14 Qingdao  China 5,140 901 21.25
15 New York/New Jersey  United States 4,478 410 10.09
16 Tanjung Pelepas  Malaysia 4,020 533 15.30
17 Ningbo  China 4,006 1,234 44.50
18 Tianjin  China 3,814 799 26.50
19 Jakarta  Indonesia 3,597 839 30.43
20 Laem Chabang  Thailand 3,529 348 10.94
21 Bremen/Bremerhaven  Germany 3,469 279 8.75
22 Tokyo  Japan 3,358 44 1.33
23 Guangzhou  China 3,308 546 19.78
24 Gioia Tauro  Italy 3,261 112 3.56
25 Algeciras  Spain 2,937 421 16.75
26 Yantian  China 2,872    
27 Yokohama  Japan 2,505 140 5.92
28 Manila  Philippines 2,552 90 3.66
29 Felixstowe  United Kingdom 2,675 175 7.00
30 Jeddah  Saudi Arabia 2,426 649 36.52
31 Mumbai  India 2,361 92 4.05
32 Salalah  Oman 2,229 229 11.43
33 Colombo  Sri Lanka 2,221 262 13.35
34 Dalian  China 2,211 541 32.41
35 Kobe  Japan 2,177 131 6.39
36 Nagoya  Japan 2,155 81 3.93
37 Valencia  Spain 2,145 152 7.64
38 Le Havre  France 2,132 155 7.83
39 Keelung  Taiwan 2,070 69 3.46
40 Oakland  United States 2,043 120 6.25
41 Osaka  Japan 2,009 399 24.79
42 Hampton Roads  United States 1,982 336 20.41
43 Melbourne  Australia 1,910 189 11.00
44 Barcelona  Spain 1,883 237 14.35
45 Port of Santos (São Paulo)  Brazil 1,883    
46 Charleston  United States 1,864 173 10.23
47 Khor Fakkan  United Arab Emirates 1,819    
48 Tacoma  United States 1,798 60 3.43
49 Seattle  United States 1,776    
50 Durban  South Africa 1,717    

2003[edit]

Rank Port Country TEUs (000s)[14] +/- from 2002 % change from 2002
1 Hong Kong China 20,499 1,355 7.08
2 Singapore Singapore 18,411 1,470 8.68
3 Shanghai China 11,280 2,660 30.86
4 Shenzhen China 10,615 3,001 39.41
5 Busan South Korea 10,408 972 10.30
6 Kaohsiung Taiwan 8,843 350 4.12
7 Los Angeles United States 7,149 668 13.98
8 Rotterdam Netherlands 7,107 592 9.09
9 Hamburg Germany 6,138 764 14.22
10 Antwerp Belgium 5,445 1,043 17.08
11 Dubai United Arab Emirates 5,152 958 22.84
12 Klang Malaysia 4,840 307 6.77
13 Long Beach United States 4,658 134 2.96
14 Qingdao China 4,239 829 24.31
15 New York/New Jersey United States 4,068 319 8.51
16 Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia 3,487 827 31.09
17 Tokyo Japan 3,314 602 22.20
18 Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany 3,190 158 5.21
19 Laem Chabang Thailand 3,181 524 19.72
20 Gioia Tauro Italy 3,149 195 6.60
21 Tianjin China 3,015 605 25.10
22 Ningbo China 2,772 912 49.03
23 Guangzhou China 2,762 582 26.70
24 Jakarta Indonesia 2,758 78 2.91
25 Manila Philippines 2,552 90 3.66
26 Algeciras Spain 2,516 282 12.62
27 Yokohama Japan 2,505 140 5.92
28 Felixstowe United Kingdom 2,500 -250 -9.09
29 Xiamen China 2,331 581 33.20
30 Mumbai India 2,269 302 15,35
31 Nagoya Japan 2,074 147 7.63
32 Kobe Japan 2,046 53 2.66
33 Keelung Taiwan 2,001 82 4.27
34 Salalah Oman 2,000    
35 Valencia Spain 1,993 172 9.45
36 Le Havre France 1,977 257 14.94
37 Colombo Sri Lanka 1,959 194 10.99
38 Oakland United States 1,923 215 12.59
39 Jeddah Saudi Arabia 1,777 410 29.99
40 Tacoma United States 1,738 267 18.15
41 Melbourne Australia 1,721 121 7.56
42 Charleston United States 1,691 98 6.15
43 Dalian China 1,670    
44 San Juan United States 1,666    
45 Barcelona Spain 1,652 191 13.07
46 Hampton Roads United States 1,646 208 14.46
47 Osaka Japan 1,610 95 6.27
48 Genoa Italy 1,606 75 4.90
49 Piraeus Greece 1,605 200 14.23
50 Tanjung Perak Indonesia 1,575 157 11.07

2002[edit]

Rank Port Country TEUs (000s)[15]
1 Hong Kong China 19,144
2 Singapore Singapore 16,941
3 Busan South Korea 9,436
4 Shanghai China 8,620
5 Kaohsiung Taiwan 8,493
6 Shenzhen China 7,614
7 Rotterdam Netherlands 6,515
8 Los Angeles United States 6,106
9 Hamburg Germany 5,374
10 Antwerp Belgium 4,777
11 Klang Malaysia 4,533
12 Long Beach United States 4,524
13 Dubai United Arab Emirates 4,194
14 Yantian China 4,181
15 New York/New Jersey United States 3,749
16 Qingdao China 3,410
17 Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany 3,032
18 Gioia Tauro Italy 2,954
19 Felixstowe United Kingdom 2,750
20 Tokyo Japan 2,712
21 Jakarta Indonesia 2,680
22 Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia 2,660
23 Laem Chabang Thailand 2,657
24 Manila Philippines 2,462
25 Tianjin China 2,410
26 Yokohama Japan 2,365
27 Algeciras Spain 2,234
28 Guangzhou China 2,180
29 Kobe Japan 1,993
30 Mumbai India 1,967
31 Nagoya Japan 1,927
32 Keelung Taiwan 1,919
33 Ningbo China 1,860
34 Valencia Spain 1,821
35 Colombo Sri Lanka 1,765
36 Xiamen China 1,750
37 Le Havre France 1,720
38 Oakland United States 1,708
39 Melbourne Australia 1,600
40 Charleston United States 1,593
41 Genoa Italy 1,531
42 Osaka Japan 1,515
43 Tacoma United States 1,471
44 Barcelona Spain 1,461
45 Vancouver Canada 1,458
46 Seattle United States 1,439
47 Hampton Roads United States 1,438
48 Tanjung Perak Indonesia 1,418
49 Piraeus Greece 1,405
50 Jeddah Saudi Arabia 1,367

Note: Yantian is a container terminal in Shenzhen, China.

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