Largest container ports worldwide - by volume of cargo handled 2018

The port of Shanghai was the largest container port in 2018, handling containers with a capacity of 42 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). In 2018, nine out of the ten busiest container ports were located in Asia.

The world's largest container ports

The busiest container ports in Asia include Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In the United States, the neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach form the largest container hub in the country. The cities of Rotterdam, Hamburg, and Antwerp are home to the largest ports in Europe. In terms of value, seaborne trade carried by container ships is the most important category of waterborne freight, and container handling is one of the key sources of revenue produced by the operation and management of a port. Intermodal containers usually have a capacity of one or two twenty-foot equivalent units, a standard unit of measure which is often being abbreviated to TEU.

The world's largest container terminals

Singapore’s PSA International is ranked among the world’s leading marine terminal operators, followed by Hutchison Port Holdings, which is headquartered in the British Virgin Islands. PSA International operates several ports around the world, generating about four billion Singapore dollars in revenue in 2018.

The largest container ports worldwide in 2018, based on throughput

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The twenty-foot equivalent unit (often TEU or teu) is the shipping industry’s standard unit of measure.
Throughput is defined as the total volume of cargo handled.
The values have been rounded.

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