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July 20, 2018
The Top 50 Busiest Container Terminal Ports

“On April 26, 1956, a crane lifted fifty-eight aluminium truck bodies aboard an aging tanker ship moored in Newark, New Jersey. Five days later, the Ideal-X sailed into Houton, where fifty eight trucks waited to take on the metal boxes and haul them to their destinations. Such was the beginning of a revolution.”

From “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger,” by Marc Levinson.

“In 1956, China was not the world’s workshop. It was not routine for shoppers to find Brazilian shoes and Mexican vacuum cleaners in stores in the middle of Kansas. Japanese families did not eat beef from cattle raised in Wyoming, and French clothing designers did not have their exclusive apparel cut and sewn in Turkey or Vietnam. Before the container, transporting good was expensive – so expensive that it did not pay to hip many things halfway across the country, much less halfway around the world.”

I was re-reading Levinson’s book recently and it reminded of what a transformative invention the container has been. I can hardly imagine globalization as we know it without the container — and the New Maritime Silk Road owes a great deal to that April day in Newark, New Jersey.

Today, the busiest container terminals are mostly in Asia.

TOP TEN – The Top Ten busiest container terminal ports are all in emerging markets, mostly China

The Top Ten busiest container terminal ports in the world….

  1. Shanghai
  2. Singapore
  3. Shenzen, China
  4. Ningbo, Zhoushan, China
  5. Busan, South Korea
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Guangzhou Harbor, China
  8. Qingdao, China
  9. Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
  10. Tianjin, China

Rotterdam, Netherlands peeks in at #12. For the Top 50, see here.