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Shanghai retains boxport crown for ninth straight year

Shanghai has retained its crown as the world’s largest boxport for a ninth consecutive year. The Chinese financial metropolis saw throughput grow 4% year-on-year in 2018 to hit a world record 42.01m.

Singapore, which was the world’s top port from 2005 to 2009, retained second place with a strong year of growth. Box volumes grew 8.7% in the Southeast Asian republic to hit 36.6m teu.

As in previous years Chinese ports dominate the top 10 boxport list, with Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Qingdao and Tianjin all on the list. The big loser among the top 10 in 2018 was Hong Kong, the largest container port in the world through to 2005, which saw throughput slide below 20m teu, placing it seventh in the world.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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