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Chinese port container volumes decline 10.6% in Jan-Feb this year

China’s Ministry of Transport released port throughput figures for the period of Jan-Feb this year, showing a decline several major ports, especially in terms of container volumes.

During the first two months of this year, China’s cargo throughput is 1.87bn tons, and container throughput was 34.48m teu, a decline of 6% and 10.6% year-on-year respectively.

The top ten container throughput ports are Shanghai port (5.9m teu, a decline of 10.7%), Ningbo-Zhoushan port (4.06m teu, a decline of 10.7%), Shenzhen port (3.5m teu, a decline of 12.8%), Qingdao port (3.17m teu, a decline of 1.4%), Guangzhou port (2.85m teu, a decline of 13.7%), Tianjin port (2.28m teu, a decline of 3.9%), Xiamen port (1.56m teu, a decline of 8%), Dalian port (1.06m teu, a decline of 24%), Suzhou port (790,000 teus, a decline of 23.9%,), Lianyugang port (770,000teu, a decline of 2.2%), all the major ports posted container volume decline for the first two months.

The top ten cargo throughput ports are Ningbo-Zhoushan port (163.31m tons, a decline of 1.8%), Tangshan port (96.19m tons, a decline of 10.1%), Qingdao port (92.68m tons, an increase of 1.7%), Shanghai port (88.12m tons, a decline of 14.7%), Guangzhou port (82.23m tons, a decline of 6.6%), Rizhao port (78.97m tons, an increase of 4.6%), Suzhou port (74.63m tons, a decline of 11.9% inland port), Tianjin port (72.08m tons, an increase of 8%), Yantai port (61.49m tons, a decline of 1.8%), Dalian port (56.04m tons, an increase of 4.2%).

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Chinese ports have faced severe challenges and a decline of the cargo throughput since the beginning of this year. After successful prevention and control of the outbreak, China has been promoting the work and production resumption from March, however, the increasing imported infection is another risk for transportation sector.

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