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30 busiest ports in the world

Last updated on: April 19, 2012 12:27 IST

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Global consumer demand dictates the flow of container shipping, so if you want to know where trade is heaviest, follow the container.

Let's us have a look at the world's busiest ports measured in terms of total number of actual twenty-foot equivalent units transported through the port.

Shanghai

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 29,069

Global rank: 1

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Image: Visitors walk through the Lujiazui Financial Area in Shanghai.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters
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Singapore

Country: Singapore

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 28,431

Global rank: 2

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Image: The Marina Bay Sands Hotel and ArtScience Museum is seen before Earth Hour in Singapore.
Photographs: Matthew Lee/Reuters

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Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 23,699

Global rank: 3

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Image: A cityscape of Hong Kong is see from the Peak, moments after sunset.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Shenzhen

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 22,510

Global rank: 4

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Image: High rise commercial and residential buildings are seen in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters
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Busan

Country: South Korea

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 14,194

Global rank: 5

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Image: A tractor trailer hauls a cargo container at a yard in Busan port.
Photographs: Jo Yong Hak/Reuters

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Ningbo

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 13,144

Global rank: 6

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Image: A general view shows the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in Ningbo.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Guangzhou

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 12,550

Global rank: 7

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Image: A woman pushes her bicycle on Haizhu Bridge, a landmark of China's southern city of Guangzhou.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Qingdao

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 12,012

Global rank: 8

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Image: General view shows Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters
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Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 11,600

Global rank: 9

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Image: People stand near the fashion dome in Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.
Photographs: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

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Rotterdam

Country: The Netherlands

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 11,140

Global rank: 10

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Image: The Distilleerketel, a windmill built in 1727 and used to grind rye, can be seen at Delfshaven, an area of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters
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Tianjin

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 10,080

Global rank: 11

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Image: Visitors look at the 'China House' in Tianjin. The house is decorated with hundreds of millions of ancient porcelain flakes, ancient bowls, dishes and vases, inlaid everywhere in the architecture.
Photographs: Reinhard Krause/Reuters
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Kaohsiung

Country: Taiwan

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 9,180

Global rank: 12

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Image: A man looks out of a shopping mall decorated with lights in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.
Photographs: Nicky Loh/Reuters
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Port Klang

Country: Malaysia

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 8,870

Global rank: 13

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Image: The world's largest ocean liner Queen Mary 2 arrives at a jetty in Port Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur.
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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Antwerp

Country: Belgium

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 8,470

Global rank: 14

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Image: A vendor inspects 0.20 carat diamonds during the 3rd Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair in Antwerp.
Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters
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Hamburg

Country: Germany

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 7,910

Global rank: 15

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Image: General view of inner city town hall and Christmas market in Hamburg.
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters
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Tanjung Pelepas

Country: Malaysia

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 6,540

Global rank: 16

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Image: A crane unloads a container from a vessel in Malaysia's Port of Tanjung Pelepas in the southern state of Johor.
Photographs: Patrick Chalmers/Reuters
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Los Angeles

Country: The United States

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 6,540

Global rank: 17

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Image: A general view of the downtown area is pictured in Los Angeles.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Long Beach

Country: The United States

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 6,260

Global rank: 18

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Image: A view of the clock tower in downtown Long Beach, California.
Photographs: Handout/Reuters

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Xiamen

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 5,820

Global rank: 19

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Image: A tourist rides a cable car above old buildings which date back to the 1920s and 1930s, in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
Photographs: Ben Blanchard/Reuters
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New York/New Jersey

Country: The United States

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 5,290

Global rank: 20

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Image: The Intrepid Museum rests in the foreground as the Empire State Building rises from the cityscape in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Dalian

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 5,260

Global rank: 21

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Image: Chinese workers take a break at a shipyard in the port city of Dalian, in Liaoning province.
Photographs: Claro Cortes/Reuters
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Laem Chabang

Country: Thailand

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 5,190

Global rank: 22

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Image: Toyota Hilux Tiger mini-trucks board a Panama-registered cargo ship at the deep-sea port of Laem Chabang on the Eastern seaboard of Thailand.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Bremen/Bremerhaven

Country: Germany

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,890

Global rank: 23

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Image: Woman walks with her dog on a dyke along the Weser river in Bremen.
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters
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Jakarta

Country: Indonesia

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,720

Global rank: 24

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Image: An aerial view of Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta.
Photographs: Supri Supri/Reuters

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Tokyo

Country: Japan

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,280

Global rank: 25

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Image: Japan's Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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Mumbai

Country: India

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,280

Global rank: 26

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Image: A devotee enters a Parsi fire temple in Mumbai.
Photographs: Arko Datta/Reuters
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Valencia

Country: Spain

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,210

Global rank: 27

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Image: Buildings line up at the beach of Cullera near Valencia.
Photographs: Heino Kalis/Reuters
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Ho Chi Minh City

Country: Vietnam

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,110

Global rank: 28

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Image: A motorbike taxi driver takes a rest in front of an advertising billboard in Ho Chi Minh City.
Photographs: Kham/Reuters
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Colombo

Country: Sri Lanka

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 4,080

Global rank: 29

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Image: Fishermen sit on sticks while fishing in the traditional way in Koggala, south of Colombo.
Photographs: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Reuters
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Lianyungang

Country: China

Container traffic (in thousand TEUs): 3,870

Global rank: 30


Image: People run away from big waves affected by Typhoon Krosa at a levee in Lianyungang, China.
Photographs: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Reuters
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