The World’s Largest Shipping Hubs

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The World’s Largest Shipping Hubs (2005-2019)

As consumers, we often overlook the complexity and sheer size of global trade that is behind the goods and services we consume everyday.

Trade accounts for roughly 60% of global GDP—and emerging markets, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, have trade to thank in part for their economic growth in recent times.

When it comes to the movement of all these goods, shipping hubs are a crucial component of the trade ecosystem. The following data looks at the 10 largest global shipping hubs and their changes in throughput over time.

The 10 Largest Shipping Hubs (2005-2019, Thousands of TEUs)

Rank 2005 2010 2015 2019
1 Singapore:
23,192
Shanghai:
29,069
Shanghai:
36,537
Shanghai:
43,303
2 Hong Kong:
22,602
Singapore:
28,431
Singapore:
30,922
Singapore:
37,196
3 Shanghai:
18,084
Hong Kong:
23,699
Shenzhen:
24,205
Ningbo-Zhoushan:
27,535
4 Shenzhen:
16,197
Shenzhen:
22,510
Ningbo-Zhoushan:
20,627
Shenzhen:
25,769
5 Busan:
11,843
Busan:
14,194
Hong Kong:
20,073
Guangzhou:
23,223
6 Kaohsiung:
9,471
Ningbo-Zhoushan:
13,147
Busan:
19,469
Busan:
21,992
7 Rotterdam:
9,288
Guangzhou:
12,546
Guangzhou:
17,625
Qingdao:
21,012
8 Hamburg:
8,088
Qingdao:
12,012
Qingdao:
17,436
Hong Kong:
18,303
9 Dubai:
7,619
Dubai:
11,600
Dubai:
15,592
Tianjin:
17,301
10 Los Angeles:
7,485
Rotterdam:
11,148
Tianjin:
14,111
Rotterdam:
14,811

One of the biggest changes in recent years is the addition of the Yangshan Port in Shanghai. This massive port has already undergone four expansion phases since it opened in 2005.

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