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Every year, hundreds of container ports throughout the world receive merchandise at their docks. Some maintain a regular influx of goods annually, where others surpass “regular” and go straight for extraordinary. The average ship makes about two port calls a week, with easily over 9,000 occurring in a single year. For high-traffic ports, workers can easily unload over 10,000 linear ships in a single week.

What Is a Container Port

A container port is a facility where containerships and cargo containers are handled and sorted while they await different transport vehicles. The goods that pass through these ports often use intermodal containers to get them safely to their destination. The process requires a drop-off point where an inspection may take place before loading the cargo onto a truck or similar transportation.

There are two types of container ports:

  • A maritime container port, which handles transshipments between ocean shipping vessels and land delivery trucks
  • An inland container port, which handles transshipments between land vehicles, such as trains and trucks.
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Both types of these ports have space to house loaded containers awaiting further transportation and empty containers that need to be loaded. To be considered a major port, the facility must have the capabilities to discharge 100,000 tons of cargo monthly.

How Much Cargo Moves Through A Container Port?

In 2010, the Shanghai, China port took its title as the largest container port in the world. Since then, it has held its place at the top, going as far as to make history in 2014. Just how many TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) did they handle that year? A record-setting 35-million.

For a better idea of exactly how much traffic major container ports see annually, take a look at the numbers from the top 10 container ports in 2017 and previous years.

As you can tell, Asia seems to dominate the market, which is no surprise considering how much merchandise they produce on a day-to-day basis. The United States didn’t make the Top 10, but major ports on both the east and west coast managed to make the Top 25. For even more information on container ports around the world, see the full list of the Top 50 Container Ports of 2016.

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