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Busiest container ports in the world
Map of the busiest ports in the world
Most of the busiest container ports in the world are located in Asia, and more particularly in China. 7 ports on the top 10 are located in China and 17 ports on the top 50 are located in China. The 17 ports of china are distributed over all the coast of China, which make it a central part of the container activity as we can see on the map. This high container activity place also incorporates Taiwan, South Korea with the port of Busan, and in a less extend Japan and Vietnam.
The busiest container port in the world is Shanghai (China), followed by Singapore (Singapore) and the third is Ningbo-Zhoushan (China).
The 3 ports on the top 10 that are not located in China are Singapore (2nd), Busan in South Korea (6th) and Rotterdam in The Netherlands (10th). In other words, only 1 port is not located in Asia.
The port of Rotterdam is located in a cluster of high container activity with the port of Antwerp (Belgium – 14th), Hamburg (Germany – 17th) and Bremen / Bermerhaven (Germany – 36th). All these 4 ports are located very close to each other with less than 500 km (300 mi) between the 2 most distant. All these 4 busy ports are only accessible via the English Channel and the strait of Dover which is the busiest international seaway in the world. It is also important to note that from 1962 until 2004, Rotterdam was the world’s busiest container port. The first place was then taken by Singapore. Rotterdam is not more longer the first container port in the world, but this place of the world remains a major place for the container activity.
A 3rd cluster of high activity is located around Singapore and the straits of Malacca. South of this cluster, we have not far from it the port of Tanjung Priok in Indonesia.
The first port in the U.S. is the port of Los Angeles (also known as “America’s Port”) and it is only 17th on the top 50 busiest container ports in the world. Only 4 U.S. ports are on the top 50, these are Los Angeles (17th), Long Beach (22nd), New York (24th) and Savannah (40th). In North America, there is also the port of Colon in Panama which is 45th in the list.
South America is only represented by 1 port, the port of Santos in Brazil (46th).
Africa has also only 1 port, with the port of Tanger Med in Morocco (37th).
Finally, it is interesting to note that India has only 2 ports in the top 50 with the port of Jawarharlal Nehru (35th) and the port of Mundra (39th).
List of the world’s 50 busiest container ports
|Rank||Port||Country||Volume 2020 (Million TEU)|
|11||Jebel Ali (Dubai)||United Arab Emirates||14.11|
|23||Tanjung Priok (Jakarta)||Indonesia||7.60|
|24||New York – New Jersey||U.S.A.||7.40|
|26||Ho Chi Minh City||Vietnam||7.22|
|35||Jawarharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva)||India||5.03|
|36||Bremen / Bermerhaven||Germany||5.42|
|43||Foshan||ChinaMost of the busiest container ports in the world are located in Asia, and more particularly in China. 7 ports on the top 10 are located in China and 17 ports on the top 50 are located in China. The 17 ports of china are distributed over all the coast of China, which make it a central part of the container activity as we||4.44|