The port of Shanghai, China reaffirmed its position as the world’s busiest container port last month setting a new record for the total number of boxes handled. This comes as China is reporting an overall strong rebound in port traffic and the world’s shipping lines are scrambling to meet demand.
Container throughput at Shanghai Port hit a record high of 4.2 million TEUs in October, a year-over-year increase of 15.7 percent according to official data released by Chinese authorities.
Chinese officials pointed to a strong economic recovery as well as their efforts to mitigate the coronavirus.
They noted that the Port of Shanghai has invested in new technologies and the integration of operations along the Yangtze. The officials also pointed to the ongoing efforts on the fourth phase of the Yangshan Deep-Water Port in Shanghai, the world’s largest automated cargo terminal.
In 2019, total container throughput came to 43.3 million TEUs at the Port of Shanghai – making the port the biggest container port in the world for the tenth year in a row. In the first half of 2020, the container throughput of the Port of Shanghai reached 20.06 million TEUs, and it continued to rank first in the container throughput of China’s ports.
Source: More Than Shipping