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List of world's busiest ports by cargo tonnage

This is a list of the world's busiest seaports by cargo tonnage, the total mass of actual cargo transported through the port. The rankings are based on AAPA world port ranking data. The cargo rankings based on tonnage should be interpreted with caution since these measures are not directly comparable and cannot be converted to a single, standardized unit.

Contents

  • 2012 1
  • Rankings 2004-2011 2
  • 2005 3
  • 2004 4
  • 2003 5
  • 2002 6
  • References and notes 7

2012

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[1]
1 Ningbo-Zhoushan  China MT 744,000
2 Shanghai  China MT 644,659
3 Singapore  Singapore FT 538,012
4 Tianjin  China MT 477,000
5 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 441,527
6 Guangzhou  China MT 438,000
7 Qingdao  China MT 407,340
8 Dalian  China MT 303,000
9 Busan  South Korea RT 298,689
10 Port Hedland  Australia MT 288,443
11 Hong Kong  China MT 269,282
12 Qinhuangdao  China MT 233,235
13 South Louisiana  United States MT 228,677
14 Houston  United States MT 216,082
15 Nagoya  Japan FT 202,556
16 Shenzhen  China MT 196,458
17 Port Klang  Malaysia MT 195,856
18 Antwerp  Belgium MT 184,136
19 Dampier  Australia MT 180,366
20 Ulsan  South Korea RT 174,117

MT=Metric Tons; FT=Freight Tons; RT = Revenue Tons

Rankings 2004-2011

Rank Port Country Measure# 2011[2]
kiloton
2010[3]
kiloton
2009[4]
kiloton
2008[5]
kiloton
2007[6]
kiloton
2006[7]
kiloton
2005[8]
kiloton
2004[9]
kiloton
1 Ningbo-Zhoushan (since 2006)
Ningbo (till 2005)
 China MT 694,000 633,000 577,000 520,000 471,630 424,000 272,400 225,850
2 Shanghai  China MT 590,439 534,371 505,715 508,000 561,446 537,000 443,000 378,962
3 Singapore  Singapore FT 531,176 501,566 472,300 515,415 483,616 448,500 423,267 393,418
4 Tianjin  China MT 459,941 400,000 381,110 365,163 309,465 257,600 245,100 206,161
5 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 434,551 429,926 386,957 421,136 401,181 378,400 376,600 352,563
6 Guangzhou  China MT 431,000 425,600 364,000 347,000 341,363 302,800 241,700 215,190
7 Qingdao  China MT 372,000 350,120 274,304 278,271 265,020 224,200 184,300 161,650
8 Qinhuangdao  China MT 284,600 276,815 243,850 252,000 245,964 204,900 167,500 150,320
9 Busan  South Korea RT 281,513 262,963 226,182 241,683 243,564 217,900 217,200 219,760
10 Hong Kong  China MT 277,444 267,815 242,967 259,402 245,433 238,200 230,139 220,879
11 Port Hedland  Australia MT 246,672 198,997 178,625 159,391 130,707 111,800 110,600 108,500
12 South Louisiana  United States MT 223,633 214,337 192,853 203,157 207,785 204,600 192,549 203,517
13 Houston  United States MT 215,731 206,055 191,729 192,473 196,014 201,500 192,023 183,419
14 Dalian  China MT 211,065 200,000 204,000 246,000 222,859 200,500 176,800 145,162
15 Shenzhen  China MT 205,475 204,860 211,000 187,045 199,190 176,000 153,900 135,246
16 Klang  Malaysia FT 193,726 168,588 137,615 152,348 135,514 122,000 109,700
99,911
17 Antwerp  Belgium MT 187,151 178,167 157,807 189,390 182,897 167,400 160,100 152,300
18 Nagoya  Japan FT 186,305 185,703 165,101 218,130 215,602 208,000 187,100 182,289
19 Dampier  Australia MT 171,844 165,025
N/A
140,823 133,949 126,000 110,100
87,920
20 Ulsan  South Korea RT 163,181 150,933 170,314 170,279 168,652 161,100 103,50 156,500
# : MT= Metric Tons; HT= Harbor Tons; FT= Freight Tons; RT= Revenue Tons
: Port of Ningbo and Port of Zhoushan merged as of January 1st, 2006.

2005

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[8] +/- from 2004 % change from 2004
1 Shanghai  China MT 443,000 64,038 16.90
2 Singapore  Singapore FT 423,267 29,849 7.59
3 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 376,600 24,037 6.82
4 Ningbo  China MT 272,400 46,550 20.61
5 Tianjin  China MT 245,100 38,939 18.89
6 Guangzhou  China MT 241,700 26,510 12.32
7 Hong Kong  China MT 230,139 9,260 4.19
8 Busan  South Korea RT 217,200 -2,560 -1.16
9 South Louisiana  United States MT 192,549 -10,968 -5.39
10 Houston  United States MT 192,023 8,604 4.69
11 Nagoya  Japan FT 187,100 4,811 2.64
12 Qingdao  China MT 184,300 22,650 14.01
13 Gwangyang  South Korea RT 177,500 11,625 7.01
14 Dalian  China MT 176,800 31,638 21.79
15 Qinhuangdao  China MT 167,500 17,180 11.43
16 Chiba  Japan FT 165,700 -3,554 -2.10
17 Antwerp  Belgium MT 160,100 7,773 5.10
18 Shenzhen  China MT 153,900 18,654 13.79
19 New York/New Jersey  United States MT 138,014 -314 -0.23
20 Kaohsiung  Taiwan MT 137,900 -14,568 -9.55
21 Yokohama  Japan FT 133,300 6,340 4.99
22 Hamburg  Germany MT 125,700 11,216 9.80
23 Incheon  South Korea RT 123,500 10,427 9.22
24 Port Hedland  Australia MT 110,600 2,100 1.94
25 Dampier  Australia MT 110,100 22,172 25.22
26 Klang  Malaysia FT 109,700 9,789 9.80
27 Ulsan  South Korea RT 103,500 -53,017 -33.87
28 Kitakyushu  Japan FT 101,700 -1,545 -1.50
29 Marseille  France MT 96,600 2,507 2.66
30 Osaka  Japan FT 93,100 -47 -0.05
31 Tubarão  Brazil MT 92,700 8,267 9.79
32 Port of Jebel Ali  United Arab Emirates MT 92,500 15,120 19.54
33 Tokyo  Japan FT 92,000 573 0.63
34 Kobe  Japan FT 91,200 5,539 6.47
35 Richards Bay  South Africa HT 86,600 1,646 1.94
36 Itaqui  Brazil MT 85,900 8,942 11.62
37 Newcastle  Australia MT 85,600 2,040 2.44
38 Hay Point  Australia MT 81,600 -3,959 -4.63
39 Vancouver  Canada MT 76,500 2,926 3.98
40 Huntington  United States MT 76,104 5,924 8.44
41 Le Havre  France MT 75,000 -1,175 -1.54
42 Amsterdam  Netherlands MT 74,900 1,724 2.36
43 Long Beach  United States MT 72,447 -237 -0.33
44 Santos  Brazil MT 71,900 4,291 6.35
45 Beaumont  United States MT 71,566 -11,677 -14.03
46 Novorossiysk  Russia MT 70,800
47 Corpus Christi, Texas  United States MT 70,441 -1,207 -1.68
48 Gladstone  Australia MT 67,200 4,052 6.42
49 Sepetiba  Brazil MT 67,100
50 Algeciras  Spain MT 63,500 2,206 3.60

2004

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[9] +/- from 2003 % change from 2003
1 Singapore  Singapore FT 393,418 45,724 13.15
2 Shanghai  China MT 378,962 62,752 19.85
3 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 352,563 25,605 7.83
4 Ningbo  China MT 225,850 71,870 46.67
5 Hong Kong  China MT 220,879 13,267 6.39
6 Busan  South Korea RT 219,760 57,300 35.27
7 Guangzhou  China MT 215,190 47,470 28.30
8 Tianjin  China MT 206,161 44,341 27.40
9 South Louisiana  United States MT 203,517 23,024 12.76
10 Houston  United States MT 183,419 10,099 5.83
11 Nagoya  Japan FT 182,289 13,911 8.26
12 Chiba  Japan FT 169,254 254 0.15
13 Gwangyang  South Korea RT 165,875 786 0.48
14 Qingdao  China MT 161,650 20,750 14.73
15 Ulsan  South Korea RT 156,517 9,577 6.52
16 Kaohsiung  Republic of China MT 152,468 13,636 9.82
17 Antwerp  Belgium MT 152,327 9,452 6.62
18 Qinhuangdao  China MT 150,320 24,700 19.66
19 Dalian  China MT 145,162 19,142 15.19
20 New York/New Jersey  United States MT 138,328 5,890 4.45
21 Shenzhen  China MT 135,246 47,576 54.27
22 Yokohama  Japan FT 126,960 1,017 0.81
23 Hamburg  Germany MT 114,484 7,948 7.46
24 Incheon  South Korea RT 113,073 -17,945 -13.70
25 Port Hedland  Australia MT 108,500 18,701 20.83
26 Kitakyushu  Japan FT 103,245 14,355 16.15
27 Klang  Malaysia FT 99,911 11,023 12.40
28 Marseille  France MT 94,093 -1,452 -1.52
29 Osaka  Japan FT 93,147 3,460 3.86
30 Tokyo  Japan FT 91,427 2,952 3.34
31 Dampier  Australia MT 87,928 -952 -1.07
32 Kobe  Japan FT 85,661 6,902 8.76
33 Hay Point  Australia MT 85,559 8,013 10.33
34 Richards Bay  South Africa HT 84,954 -2,567 -2.93
35 Tubarão  Brazil MT 84,433 6,812 8.78
36 Newcastle  Australia MT 83,560 848 1.03
37 Beaumont  United States MT 83,243 3,773 4.75
38 Port of Jebel Ali  United Arab Emirates MT 77,380 13,754 21.62
39 Itaqui  Brazil MT 76,958 9,367 13.86
40 Le Havre  France MT 76,175 4,682 6.55
41 Vancouver  Canada MT 73,574 6,847 10.26
42 Amsterdam  Netherlands MT 73,176 7,715 11.79
43 Long Beach  United States MT 72,684 9,868 15.71
44 Corpus Christi, Texas  United States MT 71,648 1,543 2.20
45 New Orleans  United States MT 70,886 -5,230 -6.87
46 Huntington  United States MT 70,180 -303 -0.43
47 Santos  Brazil MT 67,609 7,532 12.54
48 Gladstone  Australia MT 63,148 3,487 5.84
49 Texas City  United States MT 61,987    
50 Algeciras  Spain MT 61,294 4,612 8.14

2003

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s) +/- from 2002 % change from 2002
1 Singapore  Singapore FT 347,694 12,538 3.74
2 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 326,958 5,107 1.59
3 Shanghai  China MT 316,210 77,604 32.52
4 Hong Kong  China MT 207,612 15,102 7.84
5 South Louisiana  United States MT 180,493 -15,952 -8.12
6 Houston  United States MT 173,320 12,130 7.52
7 Chiba  Japan FT 169,000 10,071 6.34
8 Nagoya  Japan FT 168,378 10,358 6.55
9 Guangzhou  China MT 167,720 27,325 19.46
10 Gwangyang  South Korea RT 165,089 11,642 7.59
11 Busan  South Korea RT 162,460 18,688 13.00
12 Tianjin  China MT 161,820 32,820 25.44
13 Ningbo  China MT 153,980 3,980 2.65
14 Ulsan  South Korea RT 146,940 -1,472 -0.99
15 Antwerp  Belgium MT 142,875 11,246 8.54
16 Qingdao  China MT 140,900 20,900 17.42
17 Kaohsiung  Republic of China MT 138,832 9,418 7.28
18 New York/New Jersey  United States MT 132,438 10,335 8.46
19 Incheon  South Korea RT 131,018 -15,163 -10.37
20 Dalian  China MT 126,020 18,482 17.19
21 Yokohama  Japan FT 125,943 7,871 6.67
22 Qinhuangdao  China MT 125,620 4,468 3.69
23 Hamburg  Germany MT 106,536 8,264 8.41
24 Marseille  France MT 95,545 3,284 3.56
25 Port Hedland  Australia MT 89,799 8,041 9.84
26 Osaka  Japan FT 89,687 3,188 3.69
27 Kitakyushu  Japan FT 88,890 4,641 5.51
28 Klang  Malaysia FT 88,888 6,617 8.04
29 Dampier  Australia MT 88,880 -3,348 -3.63
30 Tokyo  Japan FT 88,475 5,530 6.67
31 Shenzhen  China MT 87,670 11,788 15.53
32 Richards Bay  South Africa HT 87,521 6,012 7.38
33 Newcastle  Australia MT 82,712 5,825 7.58
34 Beaumont  United States MT 79,470 1,480 1.90
35 Kobe  Japan FT 78,759 158 0.20
36 Tubarão  Brazil MT 77,621 1,756 2.31
37 Hay Point  Australia MT 77,546 2,874 3.85
38 New Orleans  United States MT 76,116 -1,047 -1.36
39 Le Havre  France MT 71,493 3,795 5.61
40 Huntington  United States MT 70,483 -3,107 -4.22
41 Corpus Christi, Texas  United States MT 70,105 4,743 7.26
42 Itaqui  Brazil MT 67,591 2,649 4.08
43 Vancouver  Canada MT 66,727 3,926 6.25
44 Amsterdam  Netherlands MT 65,461 -4,956 -7.04
45 Port of Jebel Ali  United Arab Emirates MT 63,626    
46 Long Beach  United States MT 62,816 1,201 1.95
47 Santos  Brazil MT 60,077 6,603 12.35
48 Gladstone  Australia MT 59,661 5,195 9.54
49 Algeciras  Spain MT 56,682    
50 Grimsby & Immingham  United Kingdom MT 55,931    

2002

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)
1 Singapore  Singapore MT 335,156
2 Rotterdam  Netherlands MT 321,851
3 Shanghai  China MT 238,606
4 South Louisiana  United States MT 196,445
5 Hong Kong  China MT 192,510
6 Houston  United States MT 161,190
7 Chiba  Japan FT 158,929
8 Nagoya  Japan FT 158,020
9 Gwangyang  South Korea RT 153,447
10 Ningbo  China MT 150,000
11 Ulsan  South Korea RT 148,412
12 Incheon  South Korea RT 146,181
13 Busan  South Korea RT 143,772
14 Guangzhou  China MT 140,395
15 Antwerp  Belgium MT 131,629
16 Kaohsiung  Taiwan MT 129,414
17 Tianjin  China MT 129,000
18 New York/New Jersey  United States MT 122,103
19 Qinhuangdao  China MT 121,152
20 Qingdao  China MT 120,000
21 Yokohama  Japan FT 118,072
22 Dalian  China MT 107,538
23 Hamburg  Germany MT 98,272
24 Marseille  France MT 92,261
25 Dampier  Australia MT 92,228
26 Osaka  Japan FT 86,499
27 Kitakyushu  Japan FT 84,249
28 Tokyo  Japan FT 82,945
29 Klang  Malaysia FT 82,271
30 Port Hedland  Australia MT 81,758
31 Richards Bay  South Africa MT 81,509
32 Kobe  Japan FT 78,601
33 Beaumont  United States MT 77,990
34 New Orleans  United States MT 77,163
35 Newcastle  Australia MT 76,887
36 Shenzhen  China MT 75,882
37 Tubarão  Brazil MT 75,865
38 Hay Point  Australia MT 74,672
39 Huntington  United States MT 73,590
40 Amsterdam  Netherlands MT 70,417
41 Le Havre  France MT 67,698
42 Corpus Christi  United States MT 65,362
43 Itaqui  Brazil MT 64,942
44 Novorossiysk  Russia MT 63,291
45 Vancouver  Canada MT 62,801
46 Long Beach  United States MT 61,615
47 Baton Rouge  United States MT 54,997
48 Gladstone  Australia MT 54,466
49 Plaquemines  United States MT 53,661
50 Santos  Brazil MT 53,474

References and notes

  1. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2012
  2. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2011
  3. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2010
  4. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2009
  5. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2008
  6. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2007
  7. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2006
  8. ^ a b AAPA World Port Rankings 2005 (archive link, was dead)
  9. ^ a b AAPA World Port Rankings 2004 (archive link, was dead)
  • AAPA World Port Rankings 2003
  • AAPA World Port Rankings 2002
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