The Economist online has drawn up a list of 20 biggest container ports in the world with Singapore nabbing the top spot, in an article "Trading places: the world’s largest container ports".
Over twenty years ago more than half of the top 20 container ports were in America or Europe reflecting imports into both regions from around the globe. Now, Asia's strength as an exporter is more in evidence. Fourteen of the top 20 container ports are in that region, with eight in China only.
The changes in distribution and cargo-handling capabilities of the world's largest container ports show the shifts that the world economy has undergone over the past two decades. The volume of cargo traded through the world’s top container ports has increased nearly sixfold in the past 20 years as globalization has taken hold.
Source: The Economist online
In 2011, the ranking changes a little, with Shanghai surpassed Singaporeto become the world's largest container port. Besides, another Chinese port - Dalian became the 20th, while Long Beach - USA lost the ranking among top 20.
|3||Hong Kong, China|
|5||Busan, South Korea|
|7||Guangzhou Harbor, China|
|9||Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|12||Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China|
|13||Port Kelang, Malaysia|
|16||Los Angeles, U.S.A.|
|17||Keihin Ports, Japan|
|18||Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia|
Source: The Journal of Commerce