Top 50 World Container Ports

The world’s largest container ports

Top 50 world container portsPorts are hubs that welcome marine vessels so they can dispatch or discharge cargo. In terms of value, seaborne trade carried by container ships is the most important category of waterborne freight, and container handling is one of the key sources of revenue produced by the operation and management of a port. Intermodal containers usually have a capacity of one or two twenty-foot equivalent units, a standard unit of measure which is often being abbreviated to TEU. On a global scale, the busiest ports are located in Asia, the largest ones being Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Port of Los Angeles and the adjoining Port of Long Beach together form the largest port in the United States. The cities of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp are home to the largest ports in Europe.


1Shanghai, China
3Shenzhen, China
4Hong Kong, S.A.R., China
5Bussan, South Korea
6Ningbo-Zhou Shan, China
7Qingdao, China
8Guangzhou Harbor, China
9Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
10Tianjin, China
12Dalian, China
13Port Kelang, Malaysia
14Kaohsiung, Taiwan
15Hamburg, Germany
16Antwerp, Belguim
17Keihin ports*, Japan
18Xiamen, China
19Los Angeles, U.S.A.
20Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia
21Long Beach, U.S.A.
22Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia
23Laem Chabang, Thailand
24Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
25Bremen/Bremerhaven, Germany
26Lianyungung, China
27New York-New Jersey, U.S.A.
28Hanshin* ports, Japan
29Yingkou, China
30Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
31Algerciras Bay, Spain
32Valencia, Spain
33Columbo, Sri Lanka
34Jawaharlal Nehru, India
35Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
36Manila, Philippines
37Felixstowe, U.K.
38Santos, Brazil
39Ambarli, Turkey
40Colon, Panama
41Salalah, Oman
42Balboa, Panama
43Port Said East, Egypt
44Gioia Tauro, Italy
45Georgia Ports, U.S.A.
46Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, Indonesia
47Metro Vancouver, Canada
48Marsaxlokk, Malta
49Nagoya, Japan
50Durban, South Africa