Asian Ports

Asian Ports

According to JOC annual ranking of the Top 50 Global Container Ports 9 of the top 10 were located in Asia, and 7 of the top 10 were from China.  In descending order, they were Shanghai, SingaporeNingbo-Zhoushan, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Busan (Korea), Hong Kong, Qingdao,  Tianjin. The only exception was Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE, which ranked 10th.


Better connectivity through improved infrastructure and technology has not only opened large markets in Asia, it has has also changed the manner and mix of freight.

News & Analysis

23 Sep 2022
Shanghai International Port Group will begin construction on its new 11.5 million-TEU container terminal at the world’s busiest port complex next month, with completion expected in 2030.
22 Sep 2022
The growing popularity of “China-plus-one” sourcing strategies is working to India’s benefit, sending trade between the US and India to record highs as shippers seek to diversify their supply chains.
19 Sep 2022
The move to allow for transshipment cargo from Bangladesh via barge and short-sea container ships builds on a previous carve-out for cross-border trucking and rail services.
02 Aug 2022
The port authorities of Rotterdam and Singapore want a new green corridor between the hubs to attract the investment and pilot projects crucial to developing a fossil fuel alternative for shipping.
01 Aug 2022
With North American shippers importing record amounts of Asia-made goods, the largest gains by volume were recorded at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen.
06 Jun 2022
A new working arrangement that for the first time allows pilots from Hong Kong and Shenzhen to navigate in each other’s waters aims to mitigate delays stemming in part from a pilot shortage in Yantian.
26 May 2022
Four of the top five ports in the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) rankings for 2021 were in the Middle East, as widespread disruption challenged productivity at major gateways in North America, Asia, and Europe.
26 Apr 2022
Disruption from COVID lockdowns in China may worsen once those restrictions are lifted and a fresh wave of containers heads for US ports, S&P Global economist Patrick Newport warned Tuesday.
05 Apr 2022
Analysts worry that a lack of long-term cargo growth in the Arabian Gulf could result in large amounts of unused capacity at the competing ports of Jebel Ali in Dubai and Khalifa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
23 Mar 2022
Analysts agree ports in the Middle East have far more capacity than they need to service current volumes, but opinions are split as to whether demand will eventually catch up to capacity.
21 Jan 2022
Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) and Shekou Container Terminal are restricting the number of export containers they will accept in an effort to clear an existing backlog of boxes in advance of the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 1.
10 Jan 2022
All restrictions have been lifted on operations at the three container terminals in Ningbo’s Beilun district and around 80 percent of the available trucking capacity serving the key port has been restored.
02 Dec 2021
Samudera has introduced a new shuttle route between India’s busiest public container port and Singapore, with an eye on transshipment cargo as shippers scramble for any capacity available to them.
11 Nov 2021
Container lines are raising the bar on repositioning empties for Indian exports, and coupled with new intra-Asia routings, equipment scarcity at origin ports is easing
22 Oct 2021
With container carriers diverting calls away from congested ports in India, exporters looking to take advantage of peak season demand have been forced to reconfigure their shipment plans.
24 Aug 2021
The full opening of Ningbo’s Meidong marine terminal is reassuring the shipping industry that the disruption will have a smaller impact than the closing of Yantian International Container Terminals in late June.
12 Aug 2021
Maersk has shifted its call at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the India/Middle East–Mediterranean ME2 service to the PSA-operated BMCT after increasing vessel capacity on the loop to an average of 10,000 TEU.
12 Aug 2021
CMA CGM and Cosco Shipping have begun diverting ships away from a Ningbo marine terminal closed due to a COVID infected worker, raising the specter that congestion will build at other port terminals.
17 Jun 2021
Expansion into China is another piece of progress for TradeLens, the visibility and shipment data platform co-developed by Maersk and IBM.
15 Jun 2021
Container lines and forwarders say Yantian International Container Terminals is regaining terminal capacity amid a COVID-19 outbreak and is allowing more trucks to drop off exports.
14 Jun 2021
Heightened cargo demand and congestion issues at transshipment hub Colombo, Sri Lanka, are spurring new containerized rail services to India’s interior.
13 Jun 2021
Container lines are levying congestion surcharges for shipments through Yantian International Containers Terminals as the Shenzen complex slowly improves performance amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
10 Jun 2021
Singapore-based drayage technology provider Haulio has tied up with CMA CGM to handle coordination of port trucking in Thailand as it seeks to build a Southeast Asia-wide platform.
07 Jun 2021
Container lines are adding more alternatives to shipping through congested Yantian Container International Termina, as analysts and forwarders warn of another surge in spot container rate levels.
31 May 2021
After a COVID-19 outbreak, Yantian International Container Terminal on Monday began accepting export cargoes, but shipping executives say the congestion will take at least a week to clear.
19 May 2021
Most of India’s cargo gateways reopened Tuesday morning, but carriers tell it will take them at least until the end of the week to clear the backlog of vessels that built up over the weekend.
19 Feb 2021
Trans-Pacific shippers are being hit with a double whammy of huge rate hikes and poor service as ports and inland supply chains struggle to handled a seemingly unending deluge of imports from Asia into North America.
21 Jan 2021
The World Bank and International Association of Ports and Harbors are urging ports and maritime ecosystems to quickly find public and private solutions to digitize operations and build data-sharing initiatives to bolster trade growth.
06 Nov 2020
Container throughput at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust grew for the first time in six months on a year-over-year basis in October, and volumes hit an all-time high at Mundra Port.
22 Sep 2020
The balance of trade in and out of India has shifted in favor of exports as the country begins to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
18 Aug 2020
Asian gateways continued to increase their dominant share of the global port market in 2019, handling nearly 80 percent of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
28 Jul 2020
A data-sharing initiative between key container gateways in Europe and Asia underlines the need for shippers and service partners to be connected into multiple shipping networks.
29 Jun 2020
Indian Customs authorities have not issued any official information on the additional checks, but customs brokers and forwarders say Customs officials have been given “internal” government instructions to manually inspect all Chinese cargo.
17 Jun 2020
Ports in southeast Asia need to upgrade their terminal capacity in order to handle the expected shift in sourcing away from China that is being triggered by COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.
22 May 2020
Cargo owners argue the waiver on port storage fees will ease the the container backlog at Chittagong marine terminals, but some shipping agents disagree.