List of world's busiest ports by cargo tonnage

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This is a list of the world's busiest seaports by cargo tonnage, the total mass of actual cargo transported through the port. The rankings are based on AAPA world port ranking data. The cargo rankings based on tonnage should be interpreted with caution since these measures are not directly comparable and cannot be converted to a single, standardized unit.

Rankings[edit]

Rank Port Country Measure 2011[1]
kiloton
2010[2]
kiloton
2009[3]
kiloton
2008[4]
kiloton
2007[5]
kiloton
2006[6]
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2005[7]
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2004[8]
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1 Shanghai  China MT 590,439 534,371 505,715 508,000 561,446 537.0 443,000 378,962
2 Singapore  Singapore FT 531,176 501,566 472,300 515,415 483,616 448.5 423,267 393,418
3 Tianjin  China MT 459,941 400,000 381,110 365,163 309,465 257.6 245,100 206,161
4 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 434,551 429,926 386,957 421,136 401,181 378.4 376,600 352,563
5 Guangzhou  China MT 431,000 425,600 364,000 347,000 341,363 302.8 241,700 215,190
6 Qingdao  China MT 372,000 350,120 274,304 278,271 265,020 224.2 184,300 161,650
7 Ningbo  China MT 348,911 408,180 371,540 361,850 471,630 309.7 272,400 225,850
8 Qinhuangdao  China MT 284,600 276,815 243,850 252,000 245,964 204.9 167,500 150,320
9 Busan  South Korea RT 281,513 262,963 226,182 241,683 243,564 217.9 217,200 219,760
10 Hong Kong  Hong Kong, China MT 277,444 267,815 242,967 259,402 245,433 238.2 230,139 220,879
11 Port Hedland  Australia MT 246,672 198,997 178,625 159,391 130,707 111.8 110,600 108,500
12 South Louisiana  United States MT 223,633 214,337 192,853 203,157 207,785 204.6 192,549 203,517
13 Houston  United States MT 215,731 206,055 191,729 192,473 196,014 201.5 192,023 183,419
14 Dalian  China MT 211,065 200,000 204,000 246,000 222,859 200.5 176,800 145,162
15 Shenzhen  China MT 205,475 204,860 211,000 187,045 199,190 176.0 153,900 135,246
16 Klang  Malaysia FT 193,726 168,588 137,615 152,348 135,514 122.0 109,700 99,911
17 Antwerp  Belgium MT 187,151 178,167 157,807 189,390 182,897 167.4 160,100 152,300
18 Nagoya  Japan FT 186,305 185,703 165,101 218,130 215,602 208.0 187,100 182,289
19 Dampier  Australia MT 171,844 165,025 N/A 140,823 133,949 126.0 110,100 87,92
20 Ulsan  South Korea RT 163,181 150,933 170,314 170,279 168,652 161.1 103,50 156,500

MT=Metric Tons; HT= Harbor Tons; FT=Freight Tons; RT = Revenue Tons

2005[edit]

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[7] +/- from 2004 % change from 2004
1 Shanghai  China MT 443,000 64,038 16.90
2 Singapore  Singapore FT 423,267 29,849 7.59
3 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 376,600 24,037 6.82
4 Ningbo  China MT 272,400 46,550 20.61
5 Tianjin  China MT 245,100 38,939 18.89
6 Guangzhou  China MT 241,700 26,510 12.32
7 Hong Kong  Hong Kong, China MT 230,139 9,260 4.19
8 Busan  South Korea RT 217,200 -2,560 -1.16
9 South Louisiana  United States MT 192,549 -10,968 -5.39
10 Houston  United States MT 192,023 8,604 4.69
11 Nagoya Japan FT 187,100 4,811 2.64
12 Qingdao  China MT 184,300 22,650 14.01
13 Gwangyang  South Korea RT 177,500 11,625 7.01
14 Dalian  China MT 176,800 31,638 21.79
15 Qinhuangdao  China MT 167,500 17,180 11.43
16 Chiba  Japan FT 165,700 -3,554 -2.10
17 Antwerp  Belgium MT 160,100 7,773 5.10
18 Shenzhen  China MT 153,900 18,654 13.79
19 New York/New Jersey  United States MT 138,014 -314 -0.23
20 Kaohsiung  Taiwan MT 137,900 -14,568 -9.55
21 Yokohama  Japan FT 133,300 6,340 4.99
22 Hamburg  Germany MT 125,700 11,216 9.80
23 Incheon  South Korea RT 123,500 10,427 9.22
24 Port Hedland  Australia MT 110,600 2,100 1.94
25 Dampier  Australia MT 110,100 22,172 25.22
26 Klang  Malaysia FT 109,700 9,789 9.80
27 Ulsan  South Korea RT 103,500 -53,017 -33.87
28 Kitakyushu  Japan FT 101,700 -1,545 -1.50
29 Marseilles  France MT 96,600 2,507 2.66
30 Osaka  Japan FT 93,100 -47 -0.05
31 Tubarão  Brazil MT 92,700 8,267 9.79
32 Dubai  United Arab Emirates MT 92,500 15,120 19.54
33 Tokyo  Japan FT 92,000 573 0.63
34 Kobe  Japan FT 91,200 5,539 6.47
35 Richards Bay  South Africa HT 86,600 1,646 1.94
36 Itaqui  Brazil MT 85,900 8,942 11.62
37 Newcastle  Australia MT 85,600 2,040 2.44
38 Hay Point  Australia MT 81,600 -3,959 -4.63
39 Vancouver  Canada MT 76,500 2,926 3.98
40 Huntington  United States MT 76,104 5,924 8.44
41 Le Havre  France MT 75,000 -1,175 -1.54
42 Amsterdam  Netherlands MT 74,900 1,724 2.36
43 Long Beach  United States MT 72,447 -237 -0.33
44 Santos  Brazil MT 71,900 4,291 6.35
45 Beaumont  United States MT 71,566 -11,677 -14.03
46 Novorossiysk  Russia MT 70,800
47 Corpus Christi, Texas  United States MT 70,441 -1,207 -1.68
48 Gladstone  Australia MT 67,200 4,052 6.42
49 Sepetiba  Brazil MT 67,100
50 Algeciras  Spain MT 63,500 2,206 3.60

2004[edit]

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[8] +/- from 2003 % change from 2003
1 Singapore Singapore FT 393,418 45,724 13.15
2 Shanghai People's Republic of China MT 378,962 62,752 19.85
3 Rotterdam Netherlands MT 352,563 25,605 7.83
4 Ningbo People's Republic of China MT 225,850 71,870 46.67
5 Hong Kong People's Republic of China MT 220,879 13,267 6.39
6 Busan South Korea RT 219,760 57,300 35.27
7 Guangzhou People's Republic of China MT 215,190 47,470 28.30
8 Tianjin People's Republic of China MT 206,161 44,341 27.40
9 South Louisiana United States MT 203,517 23,024 12.76
10 Houston United States MT 183,419 10,099 5.83
11 Nagoya Japan FT 182,289 13,911 8.26
12 Chiba Japan FT 169,254 254 0.15
13 Gwangyang South Korea RT 165,875 786 0.48
14 Qingdao People's Republic of China MT 161,650 20,750 14.73
15 Ulsan South Korea RT 156,517 9,577 6.52
16 Kaohsiung Taiwan (Republic of China) MT 152,468 13,636 9.82
17 Antwerp Belgium MT 152,327 9,452 6.62
18 Qinhuangdao People's Republic of China MT 150,320 24,700 19.66
19 Dalian People's Republic of China MT 145,162 19,142 15.19
20 New York/New Jersey United States MT 138,328 5,890 4.45
21 Shenzhen People's Republic of China MT 135,246 47,576 54.27
22 Yokohama Japan FT 126,960 1,017 0.81
23 Hamburg Germany MT 114,484 7,948 7.46
24 Incheon South Korea RT 113,073 -17,945 -13.70
25 Port Hedland Australia MT 108,500 18,701 20.83
26 Kitakyushu Japan FT 103,245 14,355 16.15
27 Klang Malaysia FT 99,911 11,023 12.40
28 Marseilles France MT 94,093 -1,452 -1.52
29 Osaka Japan FT 93,147 3,460 3.86
30 Tokyo Japan FT 91,427 2,952 3.34
31 Dampier Australia MT 87,928 -952 -1.07
32 Kobe Japan FT 85,661 6,902 8.76
33 Hay Point Australia MT 85,559 8,013 10.33
34 Richards Bay South Africa HT 84,954 -2,567 -2.93
35 Tubarão Brazil MT 84,433 6,812 8.78
36 Newcastle Australia MT 83,560 848 1.03
37 Beaumont United States MT 83,243 3,773 4.75
38 Dubai United Arab Emirates MT 77,380 13,754 21.62
39 Itaqui Brazil MT 76,958 9,367 13.86
40 Le Havre France MT 76,175 4,682 6.55
41 Vancouver Canada MT 73,574 6,847 10.26
42 Amsterdam Netherlands MT 73,176 7,715 11.79
43 Long Beach United States MT 72,684 9,868 15.71
44 Corpus Christi, Texas United States MT 71,648 1,543 2.20
45 New Orleans United States MT 70,886 -5,230 -6.87
46 Huntington United States MT 70,180 -303 -0.43
47 Santos Brazil MT 67,609 7,532 12.54
48 Gladstone Australia MT 63,148 3,487 5.84
49 Texas City United States MT 61,987    
50 Algeciras Spain MT 61,294 4,612 8.14

2003[edit]

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s) +/- from 2002 % change from 2002
1 Singapore Singapore FT 347,694 12,538 3.74
2 Rotterdam Netherlands MT 326,958 5,107 1.59
3 Shanghai People's Republic of China MT 316,210 77,604 32.52
4 Hong Kong People's Republic of China MT 207,612 15,102 7.84
5 South Louisiana United States MT 180,493 -15,952 -8.12
6 Houston United States MT 173,320 12,130 7.52
7 Chiba Japan FT 169,000 10,071 6.34
8 Nagoya Japan FT 168,378 10,358 6.55
9 Guangzhou People's Republic of China MT 167,720 27,325 19.46
10 Gwangyang South Korea RT 165,089 11,642 7.59
11 Busan South Korea RT 162,460 18,688 13.00
12 Tianjin People's Republic of China MT 161,820 32,820 25.44
13 Ningbo People's Republic of China MT 153,980 3,980 2.65
14 Ulsan South Korea RT 146,940 -1,472 -0.99
15 Antwerp Belgium MT 142,875 11,246 8.54
16 Qingdao People's Republic of China MT 140,900 20,900 17.42
17 Kaohsiung Taiwan (Republic of China) MT 138,832 9,418 7.28
18 New York/New Jersey United States MT 132,438 10,335 8.46
19 Incheon South Korea RT 131,018 -15,163 -10.37
20 Dalian People's Republic of China MT 126,020 18,482 17.19
21 Yokohama Japan FT 125,943 7,871 6.67
22 Qinhuangdao People's Republic of China MT 125,620 4,468 3.69
23 Hamburg Germany MT 106,536 8,264 8.41
24 Marseilles France MT 95,545 3,284 3.56
25 Port Hedland Australia MT 89,799 8,041 9.84
26 Osaka Japan FT 89,687 3,188 3.69
27 Kitakyushu Japan FT 88,890 4,641 5.51
28 Klang Malaysia FT 88,888 6,617 8.04
29 Dampier Australia MT 88,880 -3,348 -3.63
30 Tokyo Japan FT 88,475 5,530 6.67
31 Shenzhen People's Republic of China MT 87,670 11,788 15.53
32 Richards Bay South Africa HT 87,521 6,012 7.38
33 Newcastle Australia MT 82,712 5,825 7.58
34 Beaumont United States MT 79,470 1,480 1.90
35 Kobe Japan FT 78,759 158 0.20
36 Tubarão Brazil MT 77,621 1,756 2.31
37 Hay Point Australia MT 77,546 2,874 3.85
38 New Orleans United States MT 76,116 -1,047 -1.36
39 Le Havre France MT 71,493 3,795 5.61
40 Huntington United States MT 70,483 -3,107 -4.22
41 Corpus Christi, Texas United States MT 70,105 4,743 7.26
42 Itaqui Brazil MT 67,591 2,649 4.08
43 Vancouver Canada MT 66,727 3,926 6.25
44 Amsterdam Netherlands MT 65,461 -4,956 -7.04
45 Dubai United Arab Emirates MT 63,626    
46 Long Beach United States MT 62,816 1,201 1.95
47 Santos Brazil MT 60,077 6,603 12.35
48 Gladstone Australia MT 59,661 5,195 9.54
49 Algeciras Spain MT 56,682    
50 Grimsby & Immingham United Kingdom MT 55,931    

2002[edit]

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)
1 Singapore Singapore Singapore MT 335,156
2 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands MT 321,851
3 China Shanghai People's Republic of China MT 238,606
4 United States South Louisiana United States MT 196,445
5 Hong Kong Hong Kong People's Republic of China MT 192,510
6 United States Houston United States MT 161,190
7 Japan Chiba Japan FT 158,929
8 Japan Nagoya Japan FT 158,020
9 South Korea Gwangyang South Korea RT 153,447
10 China Ningbo People's Republic of China MT 150,000
11 South Korea Ulsan South Korea RT 148,412
12 South Korea Incheon South Korea RT 146,181
13 South Korea Busan South Korea RT 143,772
14 China Guangzhou People's Republic of China MT 140,395
15 Belgium Antwerp Belgium MT 131,629
16 Taiwan Kaohsiung Taiwan (Republic of China) MT 129,414
17 China Tianjin People's Republic of China MT 129,000
18 United States New York/New Jersey United States MT 122,103
19 China Qinhuangdao People's Republic of China MT 121,152
20 China Qingdao People's Republic of China MT 120,000
21 Japan Yokohama Japan FT 118,072
22 China Dalian People's Republic of China MT 107,538
23 Germany Hamburg Germany MT 98,272
24 France Marseilles France MT 92,261
25 Australia Dampier Australia MT 92,228
26 Japan Osaka Japan FT 86,499
27 Japan Kitakyushu Japan FT 84,249
28 Japan Tokyo Japan FT 82,945
29 Malaysia Klang Malaysia FT 82,271
30 Australia Port Hedland Australia MT 81,758
31 South Africa Richards Bay South Africa MT 81,509
32 Japan Kobe Japan FT 78,601
33 United States Beaumont United States MT 77,990
34 United States New Orleans United States MT 77,163
35 Australia Newcastle Australia MT 76,887
36 China Shenzhen People's Republic of China MT 75,882
37 Brazil Tubarão Brazil MT 75,865
38 Australia Hay Point Australia MT 74,672
39 United States Huntington United States MT 73,590
40 Netherlands Amsterdam Netherlands MT 70,417
41 France Le Havre France MT 67,698
42 United States Corpus Christi United States MT 65,362
43 Brazil Itaqui Brazil MT 64,942
44 Russia Novorossiysk Russia MT 63,291
45 Canada Vancouver Canada MT 62,801
46 United States Long Beach United States MT 61,615
47 United States Baton Rouge United States MT 54,997
48 Australia Gladstone Australia MT 54,466
49 United States Plaquemines United States MT 53,661
50 Brazil Santos Brazil MT 53,474

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