Imagine a port so busy it moves on average x1 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) shipping container every second, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. With a mindboggling 32.53 million TEU’s shipped each year, China’s Shanghai International Port is the world’s busiest container port, with previous title holder, Singapore Port, a close runner-up at 31.65 million TEU.
To place some prospective around these figures, the entire country of New Zealand ships approximately 2.5 million TEU annually, with Australia at 6 million. Even larger economies such Germany and the UK combined fail to exceed the individual volumes of Shanghai and Singapore, at 16.3 million and 9.1 million TEU respectively.
Boasting a combined annual TEU exceeding 139.74 million and 7 of the world’s top 10 busiest ports, China’s economic growth continues at a scale never seen before.