Top Ten Busiest Ports

As global sea freight demand continues to grow, so too does the scale of activity of the world's top ten busiest ports (by TEU). These volumes almost defy comprehension.

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Busiest Container Ports

Imagine a port so busy it moves on average >1 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) shipping container every second, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. With a mind-boggling 37.13 million TEU shipped each year, China’s Shanghai International Port is the world’s busiest container port, with previous title holder, Singapore Port, runner-up at 30.9 million TEU.

To place some prospective around these figures, New Zealand's ports handle a total of just 1.83 million TEU annually. Even larger economies such Germany and the UK combined fail to exceed the individual volumes of Shanghai or Singapore.

NZ Busiest Ports

Based on statistics from the Ministry of Transport, discover New Zealand's busiest ports by annual TEU.

NZ Ports

TEU Volumes

Annual container handling volumes by TEU (2016):

World's Top Ten Busiest Ports

Rank

Port

Country

TEU (million)

10

Tanjin

China

14.49

9

Jebel Ali

UAE

15.73

8

Qingdao

China

18

7

Guangzhou

China

18.9

6

Busan

South Korea

19.45

5

Hong Kong

China

19.6

4

Ningbo-Zhoushan

China

21.6

3

Shenzhen

China

23.97

2

Singapore

Singapore

30.9

1

Shanghai

China

37.13

Boasting 7 of the world’s top 10 busiest ports, China’s economic growth and subsequent port demand continues at a scale never seen before in human history.