THE top 10 ports in China handled 244.9 million TEU in total for the first ten months of 2022 ending October 30, a rise of 4 per cent compared to the same period last year, reports London's Port Technology.
The container handling data for the past year have given us a clear picture of which ports will be leading the way towards 2023.
Despite the fact that the official Ningbo Shipping Exchange data for the final two months of the year are still awaited, China's maritime industry has had a very successful and busy year in 2022.
The Port of Shanghai, which continues to set the standard in China's marine sector, tops the list of Chinese ports once more. The Port of Shanghai, which surpassed the Port of Singapore as the largest port in the world, now has a total of five operating zones.
The Port of Shanghai, which also topped the last ranking, handled a staggering 39,080,000 TEU in the first 10 months of 2022. As in 2021, this was the only port to exceed 30 million TEU so far this year.
Although the port had a rise of 8.4 per cent from 2020 to 2021, the percentile growth to 2022 was only 0.2 per cent.
The Port of Shanghai, the biggest container port in the world, has opened operations for an empty container transportation centre. According to government sources, the new centre, which can handle 3 million TEU annually, would increase the port's capacity for handling cargo, foster domestic and international commerce, and consolidate Shanghai's position as a hub for international shipping.
Previously third place in 2020, the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan remains the second-busiest port in China this year. From January to October 2022, the port in the Zhejiang province handled 28,890,000 TEU, an increase of 8.1 per cent over the same period in 2019. However, compared to 2021, when the yearly rise was 11 per cent, this indicates even another decelerated growth.
The Port of Shenzhen, which used to be the second busiest in the nation is now in third place, only witnessed a 1.7 per cent growth from 2021 to handle 24,180,000 TEU, a decline of 9 per cent from the container handling growth experienced from 2021 to 2020.
The port of Qingdao moves up one rank from the previous year's list to fourth, solidifying its place among China's top five ports. Between January and October of this year, this significant port on the Yellow Sea handled 21,390,000 TEU, representing a rise of 7.6 per cent year over year. Despite moving up this ranking, the Port of Qingdao's percentile rise was 2.7 per cent lower than in 2021 where it achieved 10.3 per cent increase from 2020.
Guangzhou Port, which had previously ranked fourth in the ranking of China's busiest ports, has now fallen to fifth place.
This Guangdong province port handled 20,270,000 TEU in total from January to October of 2022, a rise of 1.8 per cent, the joint second-smallest percentage growth from 2021 of all the ports on this list.
The principal marine entryway to the capital of China is provided by the Port of Tianjin, the largest port in northern China. In sixth place, the port handled 18,360,000 TEU in total, a 4.3 per cent increase from the previous year.
In seventh position, The Port of Xiamen, situated along the Jiulongjiang River in southern Fujian, is a crucial deep-water port for the Chinese economy. The port handled a total of 10,180,000 million TEU for the year, an increase in throughput of 1.8 per cent over the first ten months.
Beibuwan Port, also known as Beibu Gulf Port, is a seaport in the Guangxi province of China owned by the Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group. In eighth position, the port saw the biggest year-over-year growth of any port on this list in the first ten months of 2022, with a total throughput of 5,580,000 TEU, an enormous 17 per cent increase over the same period in 2021.
Along with increasing container handling numbers, the Port of Rizhao has recently had success and is the ninth busiest port in China. Container throughput at the deep-water seaport on the coast of the city of Rizhao increased 12.7 per cent from the same time in 2021, handling 4,860,000 TEU
In the tenth position, located near the mouth of the Qiangwei River in the Northern Jiangsu region of China, Lianyungang handled 4,440,000 TEU in the first 10 months of 2022, representing a growth of 6.4 per cent year over year.
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