Top 50 global port rankings 2018

Shanghai handled 42 million TEUs in 2018, a 4.4% increase from 2017. Total container throughput of the 50 busiest cargo ports was up 4.6% year over year in 2018 to almost half a trillion TEUs.

Ports in Asia accounted for nearly 78% of the combined 498.76 billion TEUs handled by the top 50 container ports last year. European and North American ports represented 12.4% and 6.6% of the total respectively.

No. 2 Singapore increased throughput 8.7% to 36.6 million TEUs. Better-than-average growth of 7.1% helped Ningbo-Zhoushan port to take 3rd place, while Guangzhou’s 7.6% growth propelled to No. 5 and Busan fell to No. 6. Meanwhile, Hong Kong, which held the distinction of the world’s busiest container port until 2004, dropped 2 spots to No. 7 as its throughput dipped 5.6% to 19.6 million TEUs. Only 7 of the top 50 showed negative growth from 2017, including the top 10 Hong Kong and Jebel Ali.

      Mil TEUs    
RANK PORT   2018 2017 % Volume Change
1 Shanghai   42.01 40.23 4.40%
2 Singapore    36.6 33.67 8.70%
3 Ningbo-Zhoushan   26.35 24.61 7.10%
4 Shenzhen   25.73 25.21 2.10%
5 Guangzhou   21.92 20.37 7.60%
6 Busan South   21.66 20.47 5.80%
7 Hong Kong    19.6 20.76 -5.60%
8 Qingdao   19.31 18.3 5.50%
9 Tianjin   16 15.07 6.20%
10 Jebel Ali    14.95 15.37 -2.70%


(JOC)