Saigon Port played an important role in the foundation and development of the city of Saigon. During the era of French Indochina, the port played a significant role in the import and export of materials from the colony. Today, this port network is the hub for export-import of goods in south Vietnam - the economic hub of the nation, which accounts for more than two-thirds of Vietnam's economy.
In 2006, Saigon Port handled more than 35 metric tonnes of cargo and 1.5 million TEU of containers. By the end of 2012, Saigon Port now handled 3.5 million TEU of containers, an increase of 14% from 2011.