Top 10: The busiest container ports in Asia
The vast majority of the largest and busiest container ports in the world are located in Asia. The continent is a crucial part of the global supply chain, which has been proven during the Covid-19 period with local lockdowns in Asian ports affecting heavily the global trade. Below, you can find the top 10 busiest container ports in Asia, based on container volumes handled in 2020.
- Port of Shanghai, China – More than 43.5 million TEU in 2020
With 2020’s annual throughput surpassing 43.5 million TEU, the port of Shanghai ranks for the 11th consecutive year as the busiest container port in the world.
- Port of Singapore, Singapore – More than 36.8 million TEU in 2020
The Port of Singapore is the second busiest box port not only in Asia but also globally, with its recorded annual throughput for 2020 reaching 36,870,900 TEU. Its strategic location in the crossroads of East and West Asia enables businesses to access the region’s expanding markets.
- Port of Ningbo, China – More than 28.72 million TEU in 2020
The third-busiest port in Asia is located in the middle of China’s mainland coastline, at the intersection of the Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and Longan on the southern wing of the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
- Port of Shenzhen, China – More than 26.54 million TEU in 2020
The Port of Shenzhen is a collective name of a number of ports along with parts of the coastline of Shenzhen, including the Yantian and Dapeng port areas in the east and the Nanshan, Dachan Bay, Dachan Island, Xiaochan Island and Bao’an port areas in the west.
- Port of Guangzhou, China – More than 23.19 million TEU in 2020
Asia’s fifth-busiest box port encompasses four port areas, including Henan Terminal, Huangpu, Xinsha Terminal and Nansha, which is the main container port, serving ocean liners and large domestic services.
- Port of Busan, South Korea – More than 21.82 million TEU in 2020
Encompassing a container yard of 3,469,000 m² with a throughput of 21.823 million TEU in 2020, Busan Port is Asia’s and the world’s sixth-busiest port.
- Port of Qingdao, China – More than 22 million TEU in 2020
The Port of Qingdao is at the seventh spot in the Asian ports ranking with 22 million TEU in 2020. The major port in China is included in major services of the largest container shipping companies, constituting one of the most crucial ports in the region.
- Port of Hong Kong, Hong Kong – More than 20.07 million TEU in 2020
The Port of Hong Kong stands at the eighth position of the Asian busiest ports ranking with more than 20 million TEU in last year.
- Port of Tianjin, China – More than 18.35 million TEU in 2020
The Port of Tianjin is the ninth largest port in Asia and is the main maritime gateway to China’s capital, Beijing. The Chinese port has handled more than 18 million TEU during 2020, achieving a significant container volumes’ increase compared to 2019 figures.
- Port Klang, Malaysia – More than 13.24 million TEU in 2020
Port Klang is the only Malaysian port, which has achieved to be included in the ten busiest container hubs in Asia, reporting more than 13 million TEU in the previous year.