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Shanghai port retains crown as the world’s busiest container port in 2020

Photo: SIPG View of SIPG container terminal
Shanghai port posted a new record container volume of 43.5m teu in 2020, retaining the title of the world’s busiest container port for the 11th year in a row.

The 43.5m teu volume in 2020 represents a small increase on Shanghai Port’s 2019 total container throughput of 43.3m teu.

Despite the continued Covid-19 outbreak and unstable international trading,  Shanghai port maintained a strong performance in the past year. In July and October 2020, the port reported a container handling volume of 3.9m teu and 4.2m teu, representing a single month high; Yangshan port area hit a historical record and posted a container throughtput of 20m teu last year.

he container volume for international cargo transhipment at Shanghai port was over 5.3m teu last year, an increase of 14% year-on-year.

The inland container trading volume was more than 6m teu, an increase of 15% year-on-year, hitting a record high.

Shanghai port will further develop the port eco-system to support its international shipping hub construction, accelerate the cooperation with Yangtze river delta and improve the overall competitiveness and influence in the coming days, said Gu Jinshan, chairman of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).