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Shanghai continues as world's busiest container port

With a comprehensive portfolio of international ocean freight forwarding services through most of China’s main container shipping gateways, the U-Freight Group notes that according to media reports, Shanghai retained its position as the world’s busiest container port for the thirteenth consecutive year in 2022 despite emerging challenges from other ports including in China and Singapore’s new Tuas facility which began operations in 2022.

A report on the Maritime Executive website says that preliminary figures from Chinese officials show that Shanghai’s overall container volume remained stable for the year which represents a significant recovery from the spring of 2022 when volumes were constrained by lockdowns in the city and restrictions on the movement of trucks and cargo.

Preliminary numbers released by the state-run media outlet Xinhua show that Shanghai handled a total of 47.3 million teu in 2022. This compares with a total in 2021 of 47.0 million teu or an increase of less than one percent. By comparison, 2021 volume increased just over eight percent versus 2020.

The full report can be seen here:

The report also indicates that China historically has many of the top 10 ports in the world based on container volume. The facilities at Ningbo-Zhoushan continued to show strong growth in 2022. At the end of 11 months, port officials reported the twin facilities had reached over 31 million teu with growth of nearly eight percent for 2022. Qingdao also reported strong growth of nearly eight percent to over 23 million teu in the first 11 months of the year.

It adds that in the first 11 months of 2022, Chinese ports overall handled more than 210 million teu. That represented an overall increase of over four percent for container volume.

You can find more information about the U-Freight Group’s international ocean freight services and the ports we serve in China on this website or by speaking to your usual contact in our company.