Many countries around the world have large shipping ports. This enables them to both ship and receive large cargo containers full of products for their population. Large cargo ships carry these cargo containers around the world to various ports. Sea ports come in variety of sizes and are created for a variety of purposes. So, what port is the largest in world? Read on to find out.
There are various ways to measure which port is the largest in the world. As such there is no standardized method of working out which port classifies as being the largest. The following lists will give the largest port based on total cargo handled in metric tons and the TEU (20-foot equivalency units or one small container, the shipping industry’s standard unit of measure) of a port.
Largest Port by Cargo Tonnage
The largest port in the world measured by the total cargo handled in metric tons is Shanghai’s Port of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China. This port can handle approximately 590,000,000 metric tons of cargo. The top five largest ports in the world based on the total cargo handled in metric tons are:
- Shanghai, China 590,000,000
- Ningbo-Zhoushan, China 570,000,000
- Singapore, Singapore 434,500,000
- Rotterdam, Netherlands 387,000,000
- Tianjin, China 380,000,000
Largest Port by TEU
The largest port in the world measured by TEU (20-foot equivalency units or one small container, the shipping industry’s standard unit of measure) is The Port of Singapore in Singapore. This port has a TEU value of 25,867,000. The top five largest ports in the world based on TEU are:
- Singapore, Singapore 25,867,000
- Shanghai, China 25,002,000
- Hong Kong, China 21,040,000
- Shenzhen, China 18,250,000
- Busan, South Korea 11,980,325