List of busiest container ports

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The top 10 busiest container ports by year (2004–2020)

This article lists the world's busiest container ports (ports with container terminals that specialize in handling goods transported in intermodal shipping containers), by total number of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) transported through the port. The table lists volume in thousands of TEU per year. The vast majority of containers moved by large, ocean-faring container ships, are 20-foot (1 TEU), and 40-foot (2 TEU) ISO-standard shipping containers, with 40-foot units outnumbering 20-foot units to such an extent, that the actual number of containers moved is between 55%–60% of the number of TEUs counted.[1]

Container Traffic (in thousand TEUs, based on World Shipping Council 2019 figures)[2]
# Port Country Region Location 2020[3] 2019[4] 2018[4][5][6] 2017[7] 2016[8] 2015[9] 2014[9] 2013[10] 2012[11] 2011[12] 2010[13] 2009[14] 2008[15] 2007[16] 2006[17] 2005[18] 2004[19]
1 Shanghai China China East Asia Yangtze Delta 43,500 43,303 42,010 40,233 37,133 36,537[20] 35,268 33,617 32,529 31,700 29,069 25,002 27,980 26,150 21,710 18,084 14,557
2 Singapore Singapore Singapore Southeast Asia Singapore Strait 36,600 37,195 36,599 33,666 30,904[21] 30,922[21] 33,869 32,240 31,649 29,937 28,431 25,866 29,918 27,932 24,792 23,192 21,329
3 Ningbo-Zhoushan China China East Asia Yangtze Delta 28,720 27,530 26,351 24,607 21,560[22] 20,620[22] 19,450 17,351 16,670 14,686 13,144 10,502 11,226 9,349 7,068 5,208 4,006
4 Shenzhen China China East Asia Pearl River Delta 26,550 25,770 25,740 25,208 23,979[23] 24,204[23] 23,798 23,280 22,940 22,570 22,510 18,250 21,414 21,099 18,469 16,197 13,615
5 Guangzhou China China East Asia Pearl River Delta 23,190 23,236 21,992 20,370 18,858[24] 17,625 16,160 15,309 14,744 14,400 12,550 11,190 11,001 9,200 6,600 4,685 3,308
6 Qingdao China China East Asia Yellow Sea 22,000 21,010 19,315 18,262 18,010[25] 17,510 16,624 15,520 14,503 13,020 12,012 10,260 10,320 9,462 7,702 6,307 5,140
7 Busan South Korea South Korea East Asia Korean Strait 21,590 21,992 21,662 20,493 19,850[26] 19,469[26] 18,423 17,690 17,046 16,185 14,157 11,954 13,425 13,270 12,039 11,843 11,430
8 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong East Asia Pearl River Delta 20,070 18,361 19,596 20,770 19,813[27] 20,073[27] 22,374 22,352 23,117 24,384 23,532 20,983 24,248 23,881 23,539 22,427 21,984
9 Tianjin China China East Asia Yellow Sea 18,350 17,264 15,972 15,040 14,490[28] 14,090 14,050 13,010 12,300 11,500 10,080 8,700 8,500 7,103 5,950 4,801 3,814
10 Rotterdam Netherlands Netherlands Europe Rhine delta 14,350 14,810 14,512 13,734 12,385[29] 12,235 12,453 11,621 11,866 11,877 11,146 9,743 10,784 10,791 9,655 9,287 8,281
11 Jebel Ali United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates West Asia Persian Gulf 13,500 14,111 14,954 15,368 14,772[30] 15,592 14,750 13,641 13,270 13,000 11,600 11,124 11,827 10,653 8,923 7,619 6,429
12 Port Klang Malaysia Malaysia Southeast Asia Malacca Strait 13,240 13,580 12,316 11,978 13,170[31] 11,887 10,736 10,350 10,000 9,604 8,870 7,309 7,970 7,120 6,326 5,544 5,244
13 Xiamen China China East Asia Taiwan Strait 11,410 11,122 10,702 10,380 9,614[32] 9,183 8,572 8,010 7,202 6,461 5,820 4,680 5,035 4,627 4,019 3,342 2,872
14 Antwerp Belgium Belgium Europe Scheldt delta 12,040 11,860 11,100 10,451 10,037[33] 9,654 9,136 8,578 8,635 8,664 8,468 7,309 8,663 8,176 7,019 6,482 6,064
15 Kaohsiung Taiwan Taiwan East Asia Taiwan Strait 9,620 10,428 10,445 10,271 10,465[34] 10,264 10,593 9,938 9,781 9,636 8,872 8,581 9,677 10,257 9,775 9,471 9,714
16 Dalian China China East Asia Yellow Sea 6,540 10,210 9,770 9,707 9,614[35] 9,450 10,128 10,860 8,060 6,400 5,242 4,552 4,503 4,574 3,212 2,665 2,211
17 Los Angeles United States United States North America West Coast 9,200 9,337 9,458 9,343 8,857[36] 8,160 8,340 7,869 8,078 7,941 7,832 6,748 7,850 8,355 8,470 7,485 7,321
17 Hamburg Germany Germany Europe Elbe River 8,700 9,274 8,730 8,860 8,910[37] 8,821 9,729 9,302 8,864 9,022 7,900 7,007 9,737 9,890 8,862 8,088 7,003
19 Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia Malaysia Southeast Asia Malacca Strait 9,850 9,100 8,960 8,261 8,281[38] 9,120 8,500[9] 7,628 7,700 7,500 6,530 6,000 5,600 5,500 4,770 4,177 4,020
20 Laem Chabang Thailand Thailand Southeast Asia Gulf of Thailand 7,550 8,106 8,070 7,670 7,227[39] 6,780 6,518 6,032 5,830 5,731 5,068 4,538 5,134 4,642 4,123 3,834 3,529
21 Heijin Yokohama Japan Japan East Asia Tokyo Bay 8,000 7,980 7,610
22 Long Beach United States United States North America West Coast 8,110 7,632 8,091 7,670 6,775[40] 7,192 6,821 6,731 6,046 6,061 6,263 5,067 6,350 7,316 7,289 6,710 5,780
23 Tanjung Priok Indonesia Indonesia Southeast Asia Java Sea 6,170 7,600 7,640 6,090 5,515[41] 5,201[41] 5,034 6,590 6,200 5,618 4,715 3,800 3,984 3,900 3,280 3,282 3,170
24 New York / New Jersey United States United States North America East Coast 7,590 7,471 7,179 6,711 6,252[42] 6,372 5,772 5,467 5,530 5,503 5,292 4,561 5,265 5,299 5,093 4,785 4,478
25 Colombo Sri Lanka Sri Lanka South Asia Sri Lanka 6,850 7,228 7,047 6,209 5,735[43] 5,185[9][43] 4,910 2,221
26 Saigon Vietnam Vietnam Southeast Asia East Vietnam Sea 7,200 7,220 6,586 6,156 5,987[44] 5,788[9][44] 6,334 5,542 5,060 4,674 4,100 3,563 3,100 2,532 2,532 2,122 1,868
27 Tanger-Med Morocco Morocco North Africa Western Mediterranean 5,770 4,801 3,472 3,312 2,960
28 Suzhou China China East Asia Yangtze Delta 6,270
29 Piraeus Greece Greece Europe Eastern Mediterranean 5,436 5,648 4,907 4,145 3,737 3,330 3,164 2,745 1,680 1,198 665 434 1,373 N/A N/A N/A
30 Yingkou China China East Asia Liaodong Bay 5,480 6,487 6,278 6,086[45] 5,922 5,770
30 Valencia Spain Spain Europe Western Mediterranean 5,410 5,439 5,128 4,832 4,722 4,616 4,442 4,328 4,470 4,327 4,207 3,653 3,593 3,043 2,612 2,410 2,145
31 Manila Philippines Philippines Southeast Asia Manila Bay 5,315 5,085 4,782 4,523 3,976 3,673 3,770 3,705 3,250 3,257 2,815 2,977 2,800 2,638 2,625
32 Taicang China China East Asia Yangtze Delta 5,152 5,071 4,514 4,081 3,760
33 Hai Phong Vietnam Vietnam Southeast Asia Hong River Delta 5,133 4,954
34 Algeciras Spain Spain Europe Western Mediterranean 5,125 4,773 4,340 4,761[46] 4,516[46] 4,457 4,501 4,114 3,603 2,810 3,042 3,324 3,152 3,257 3,180 2,937
35 Nhava Sheva / Mumbai India India South Asia Arabian Sea 5,100 5,051 4,833 4,432 4,490 4,450
36 Bremerhaven Germany Germany Europe North Sea 4,856 5,450 5,510 5,535 [47] 5,479[47] 5,796 5,831 6,115 5,915 4,871 4,578 5,529 4,912 4,450 3,736 3,469
38 Lianyungang China China East Asia Yellow Sea 4,780 4,750 4,711 4,703 4,703
39 Mundra India India South Asia Gulf of Kutch 4,732 4,449 4,240 3,320 2,895
40 Savannah United States United States North America East Coast 4,599 4,350 4,046 3,645 3,737 3,346 3,034 2,966 2,945 2,825 2,356 2,616 2,604 2,160 1,902 1,662
41 Tokyo Japan Japan East Asia Tokyo Bay 4,510 4,570 4,500 4,700 4,629 4,917 4,861 4,752 4,640 4,286 3,810 4,271 3,818 3,969 3,593 3,358
42 Rizhao China China East Asia Yellow Sea 4,860 4,500 4,000 3,240 3,010[48] 2,810[48]
43 Foshan China China East Asia Pearl River Delta 4,400
44 Jeddah Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia West Asia Red Sea 4,433 4,120 4,150 3,957 4,188[49] 4,200 4,561 4,738 4,010 3,830 3,091 3,326 3,068 2,964 2,836 2,426
45 Colón Panama Panama Central America Caribbean coast 4,430 4,379 3,890 3,891 3,258 3,577 3,356 2,060 1,900 1,600 2,802 1,856[50] 2,262 N/A 1,947 2,150
46 Santos  Brazil South America South Atlantic Ocean 4,165 4,120 3,854 3,394 3,645 3,685 3,446 3,172 2,985 2,716 2,252 2,675 2,533 2,208 2,240 1,883
47 Salalah Oman Oman West Asia Arabian Sea 4,109 3,390 3,946 3,325 2,569 2,229
48 Dongguan China China East Asia Pearl River Delta 4,000 3,500 3,910 3,640 3,363
49 Beibu Gulf China China Guangxi Beibu Gulf 3,820

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References[edit]

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