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 Territory 2013[1] 2012[2] 2011[3] 2010[4] 2009[5] 2008[6] 2007[7] 2006[8] 2005[9] 2004[10]
1 Shanghai China China 33,617 32,529 31,700 29,069 25,002 27,980 26,150 21,710 18,084 14,557
2 Singapore Singapore Singapore 32,240 31,649 29,937 28,431 25,866 29,918 27,932 24,792 23,192 21,329
3 Shenzhen China China 23,280 22,940 22,570 22,510 18,250 21,414 21,099 18,469 16,197 13,615
4 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 22,352 23,117 24,384 23,532 20,983 24,248 23,881 23,539 22,427 21,984
5 Busan South Korea South Korea 17,690 17,046 16,185 14,157 11,954 13,425 13,270 12,039 11,843 11,430
6 Ningbo-Zhoushan China China 17,351 16,670 14,686 13,144 10,502 11,226 9,349 7,068 5,208 4,006
7 Qingdao China China 15,520 14,503 13,020 12,012 10,260 10,320 9,462 7,702 6,307 5,140
8 Guangzhou China China 15,309 14,744 14,400 12,550 11,190 11,001 9,200 6,600 4,685 3,308
9 Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 13,641 13,270 13,000 11,600 11,124 11,827 10,653 8,923 7,619 6,429
10 Tianjin China China 13,010 12,300 11,500 10,080 8,700 8,500 7,103 5,950 4,801 3,814
11 Rotterdam Netherlands Netherlands 11,621 11,866 11,877 11,146 9,743 10,784 10,791 9,655 9,287 8,281
12 Dalian China China 10,860 8,060 6,400 5,242 4,552 4,503 4,574 3,212 2,665 2,211
13 Port Klang Malaysia Malaysia 10,350 10,000 9,604 8,870 7,309 7,970 7,120 6,326 5,544 5,244
14 Kaohsiung Taiwan Taiwan 9,938 9,781 9,636 8,872 8,581 9,677 10,257 9,775 9,471 9,714
15 Hamburg Germany Germany 9,302 8,864 9,022 7,900 7,007 9,737 9,890 8,862 8,088 7,003
16 Antwerp Belgium Belgium 8,578 8,635 8,664 8,468 7,309 8,663 8,176 7,019 6,482 6,064
17 Xiamen China China 8,010 7,202 6,461 5,820 4,680 5,035 4,627 4,019 3,342 2,872
18 Los Angeles United States United States 7,869 8,078 7,941 7,832 6,748 7,850 8,355 8,470 7,485 7,321
19 Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia Malaysia 7,628 7,700 7,500 6,530 6,000 5,600 5,500 4,770 4,177 4,020
20 Long Beach United States United States 6,731 6,046 6,061 6,263 5,067 6,350 7,316 7,289 6,710 5,780
21 Tanjung Priok (Jakarta) Indonesia Indonesia 6,590 6,200 5,618 4,715 3,800 3,984 3,900 3,280 3,282 3,170
22 Laem Chabang Thailand Thailand 6,032 5,830 5,731 5,068 4,538 5,134 4,642 4,123 3,834 3,529
23 Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany Germany 5,831 6,115 5,915 4,871 4,578 5,529 4,912 4,450 3,736 3,469
24 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam Vietnam 5,542 5,060 4,674 4,100 3,563 3,100 2,532 2,532 2,122 1,868
25 Lianyungang China China 5,490 5,020 4,850 3,870 3,021 3,001 2,001 1,302 1,005 N/A
26 New York and New Jersey United States United States 5,467 5,530 5,503 5,292 4,561 5,265 5,299 5,093 4,785 4,478
27 Yingkou China China 5,301 4,851 4,033 3,338 2,537 2,030 1,371 838 634 N/A
28 Tokyo Japan Japan 4,861 4,752 4,640 4,286 3,810 4,271 3,818 3,969 3,593 3,358
29 Jeddah Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 4,561 4,738 4,010 3,830 3,091 3,326 3,068 2,964 2,836 2,426
30 Algeciras Spain Spain 4,501 4,114 3,603 2,810 3,042 3,324 3,152 3,257 3,180 2,937
31 Valencia Spain Spain 4,328 4,470 4,327 4,207 3,653 3,593 3,043 2,612 2,410 2,145
32 Colombo Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 4,306 4,180 4,263 4,137 3,464 3,687 3,380 3,079 2,455 2,221
33 Mumbai India India 4,162 4,260 4,217 3,857 4,061 3,953 4,060 3,298 2,667 2,361
34 Port Said Egypt Egypt 4,100 3,631 4,272 3,646 3,300 3,202 2,127 2,127 1,522 869
35 Khor Fakkan United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 3,800 3,996 3,230 3,023 2,750 2,112 1,850 1,730 1,929 1,819
36 Manila Philippines Philippines 3,770 3,705 3,250 3,257 2,815 2,977 2,800 2,638 2,625 2,698
37 Felixstowe United Kingdom United Kingdom 3,740 3,700 3,519 3,400 3,100 3,200 3,300 3,000 2,700 2,717
38 Santos  Brazil 3,446 3,172 2,985 2,716 2,252 2,675 2,533 2,208 2,240 1,883
39 Ambarli (Istanbul) Turkey Turkey 3,378 3,097 2,686 2,540
40 Colón Panama Panama 3,356 2,060 1,900 1,600 2,802 1,856[11] 2,262 N/A 1,947 2,150
41 Salalah Oman Oman 3,340 3,620 3,201 3,482 3,490 3,068 2,600 2,390 2,492 2,229
42 Taicang China China 3,267 4,015 3,058 2,212
43 Piraeus Greece Greece 3,164 2,745 1,680 1,198 665 434 1,373 N/A N/A N/A
44 Gioia Tauro Italy Italy 3,087 2,721 2,305 2,851 2,857 3,468 3,445 2,900 3,161 3,261
45 Balboa Panama Panama 3,064 3,251 3,232 2,759 2,012 2,011 2,167 988 663
46 Savannah  United States 3,034 2,966 2,945 2,825 2,356 2,616 2,604 2,160 1,902 1,662
47 Tanjung Perak (Surabaya) Indonesia Indonesia 3,001 2,849 2,644 3,030
48 Yokohama Japan Japan 2,888 3,053 3,083 3,280 2,555 3,490 3,400 3,200 2,873 2,718
49 Vancouver  Canada 2,825 2,713 2,551 2,514 2,492 2,307 2,208 1,767 1,665
50 Marsaxlokk Malta Malta 2,750 2,540 2,360 2,371
51 Nagoya  Japan 2,709 2,655 2,623 2,549 2,113 2,817 2,890 2,740 2,470 2,304
52 Nanjing China China 2,670 2,300 1,493 1,400
53 Keelung and Taipei Taiwan Taiwan 2,642 2,705 2,403 2,199
54 Durban South Africa South Africa 2,633 2,529 2,713 2,762
55 Tanger-Med (Tangiers) Morocco Morocco 2,558 1,900 2,070 2,058
56 Kobe Japan Japan 2,553 2,568 2,470 2,556
57 St Petersburg Russia Russia 2,515 2,525 2,365 1,928
58 Melbourne Australia Australia 2,492 2,548 2,507 2,348
59 Le Havre France France 2,486 2,306 2,220 2,400
60 Osaka Japan Japan 2,485 2,410 2,490 2,282
61 Mundra India India 2,390 1,520 1,344 1,149
62 Oakland United States United States 2,347 2,344 2,343 2,330
63 Yeosu Gwangyang South Korea South Korea 2,285 2,154 2,253 2,073
64 Virginia United States United States 2,224 2,106 1,918 1,895
65 Incheon South Korea South Korea 2,161 1,982 2,329 1,903
66 Sydney Australia Australia 2,153 2,094 2,054 1,986
67 Yantai China China 2,150 1,850 1,709 1,527
68 Manzanillo Mexico Mexico 2,118 1,992 1,763 1,509
69 Rizhao China China 2,027 1,749
70 Bruges-Zeebrugge Belgium Belgium 2,026 1,953 2,222 2,500
71 Cartagena Colombia Colombia 2,014 2,201 1,853 1,581
72 Genoa Italy Italy 1,988 2,065 1,847 1,759
73 Fuzhou China China 1,977 1,825 1,451 1,319
74 Houston United States United States 1,950 1,923 1,890 1,812
75 Callao Peru Peru 1,855 1,818 1,616 1,346
76 Shahid Rajaee Iran Iran 1,763 2,318 2,762 2,593
77 Barcelona Spain Spain 1,720 1,756 2,014 1,946
78 Tacoma United States United States 1,718 1,711 1,489 1,455
79 Kingston Jamaica Jamaica 1,704 1,547 1,848 1,892
80 Dammam Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1,659 1,622 1,492 1,333
81 Buenos Aires Argentina Argentina 1,651 1,656 1,852 1,759
82 Charleston United States United States 1,601 1,515 1,380
83 Seattle United States United States 1,593 1,886 2,030 2,140
84 Karachi Pakistan Pakistan 1,563 1,490 1,400 1,370
85 Dandong China China 1,560 1,250
86 Chittagong Bangladesh Bangladesh 1,540 1,406 1,392 1,329
87 Guayaquil Ecuador Ecuador 1,518 1,449 1,406 1,093
88 Bangkok Thailand Thailand 1,509 1,274 1,305 1,498
89 Alexandria Egypt Egypt 1,508 1,500 1,490 1,350
90 Dongguan China China 1,500 1,100
91 Southampton United Kingdom United Kingdom 1,491 1,476 1,563 1,540
92 Chennai India India 1,470 1,550 1,560 1,522
93 Taichung Taiwan Taiwan 1,468 1,395 1,380 1,357
94 Freeport The Bahamas Bahamas 1,400 1,202
95 Mersin Turkey Turkey 1,378 1,263
96 Haifa Israel Israel 1,357 1,372 1,235 1,264
97 Montreal Canada Canada 1,357 1,375 1,363 1,331
98 Zhongshan China China 1,320 1,204 1,423 1,294
99 La Spezia Italy Italy 1,298 1,247 1,307 1,285
100 Shantou China China 1,280 1,250

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  Hong Kong 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  Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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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