The Top Ten Container Ports in the World and U.S.

It should come as no surprise that the top six ports, ranked by volume of twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) are located in the Asia Pacific Region. Capgemini provides these statistics:

1. Hong Kong -- China -- 20.449.000 TEU (same position as in 2002)
2. Singapore -- Singapore -- 18.411.000 TEU (same position as in 2002)
3. Shanghai -- China -- 11.280.000 TEU (up 1 spot compared to 2002)
4. Shenzhen -- China -- 10.650.000 TEU (up 2 spots compared to 2002)
5. Busan -- South Korea -- 10.408.000 TEU (down 2 spots compared to 2002)
6. Kaohsiung -- Taiwan -- 8.843.000 TEU (down 1 spot compared to 2002)
7. Los Angeles – U.S. -- 7.179.000 TEU (up 1 spot compared to 2002)
8. Rotterdam -- Netherlands -- 7.179.000 TEU (down 1 spot compared to 2002)
9. Hamburg -- Germany -- 6.138.000 TEU (same position as in 2002)
10. Antwerp -- Belgium -- 5.445.000 TEU (same position as in 2002)

Capgemini notes that the Chinese ports of Shanghai and Shenzhen are growing rapidly, and have passed the South Korean port of Busan and the Taiwan port of Kaohsiung. Too, Los Angeles and Rotterdam have switched places in the rankings.

The World Shipping Council offers these rankings of U.S. Ports, with totals shown in thousands of TEUs:

1. Los Angeles – 4,664 total – 1,022 export – 3,642 import
2. Long Beach – 3,091 total – 723 export – 2,368 import
3. New York – 2,803 total – 838 export – 1,965 import
4. Charleston, SC – 1,250 total – 529 export – 721 import
5. Savannah – 1,124 total – 529 export – 595 import
6. Norfolk – 1,093 total – 460 export – 633 import
7. Oakland – 1,064 total – 548 export – 517 import
8. Houston – 933 total – 483 export – 450 import
9. Tacoma – 931 total – 337 export – 594 import
10. Seattle – 815 total – 329 export – 486 import

The Council notes that in 2003, 83% of the total volume of containerized waterborne cargo moved through the top 10 ports, and 61% through the top 5 ports. Los Angeles/Long Beach accounted for more than 36% of all U.S. containerized imports and exports in 2003.
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