Ports in China handle 5.5b tonnes of cargo between Jan-May, up 6.7pc



CHINA’s ports have handled just under 5.5 billion tonnes of cargo from January through May, a surge of 6.7 per cent compared to the same five months last year,

according to the Ministry of Transport.


In May, China’s ports handled 1.2 billion tonnes of cargo, a 4.9 per cent jump on the April’s figure of 1.15 billion tonnes.


About 31.8 per cent of the year-to-date’s 5.5 billion tonnes is “foreign trade goods”. That’s 1.75 billion tonnes of port throughput in the months from January through May.

The volume of foreign trade goods shipped through China’s ports has increased by 2.3 per cent compared to the same period last year. In May itself,

the volume in weight of foreign trade goods shipped through China’s ports stood at 366.7 million tonnes, which represents a 6.2 per cent growth over April.


Container throughput at China’s ports is markedly up too, both on a year-on-year basis and also on a month-to-month basis. In the five months to the end of May,

China’s ports handled 104.7 million TEU, which is a 5.2 per cent increase on the same time frame last year. Last month China’s ports handled 22.4 million TEU,

which is a 2.1 per cent rise on the volumes handled in April.


The port that handled the most foreign goods from January through May is Ningbo Zhoushan with 208.9 million tonnes. That figure represents a fall in the volume of

foreign goods of minus 1.5 per cent growth on the same period last year.


Qingdao is in a far distant second place (170.9 million tonnes but with 6.4 per cent year-on-year growth) and Shanghai is third (165.8 million tonnes; 1.90 per cent growth).


It’s a different story when the throughput volume is considered in terms of TEU, reports American Shipper.


The port of Shanghai leads the pack with at throughput of 17.8 million TEU handled between January and May this year, which is a 5.2 per cent year-on-year growth.

That’s followed in a far distant second place by Ningbo Zhoushan with 11.5 million TEU and a 4.1 per cent year-on-year growth. Taking the third spot is

Shenzhen (10.2 million TEU; 1.8 per cent year-on-year growth). Next up are the ports of Guangzhou (9.0 million TEU; 5.1 per cent) and

Qingdao (8.5 million TEU; 9.2 per cent year-on-year growth).


In the month of May the top five listing is Shanghai (3.8 million TEU); Ningbo Zhoushan (2.6 million TEU); Shenzhen (2.09 million TEU); Guangzhou (1.9 million TEU);

and Qingdao (1.8 million TEU).