World Port Ranking, 2005

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) ranks the world's ports annually according to their volume capacity, container traffic, number of cruise passengers, revenues, and storage capacity, among other criteria.

Total cargo volume, metric tons (millions)

Container traffic (TEUs) (1,000s)1









1. Shanghai China 443.0 1. Singapore Singapore 23,192
2. Singapore Singapore 423.3 2. Hong Kong China 22,427
3. Rotterdam Netherlands 376.6 3. Shanghai China 18,084
4. Ningbo China 272.4 4. Shenzhen China 16,197
5. Tianjin China 245.1 5. Busan South Korea 11,843
6. Guangzhou China 241.7 6. Kaohsiung Taiwan 9,471
7. Hong Kong China 230.1 7. Rotterdam Netherlands 9,287
8. Busan South Korea 217.2 8. Hamburg Germany 8,088
9. South Louisiana United States 192.5 9. Dubai United Arab Emirates 7,619
10. Houston United States 192.0 10. Los Angeles United States 7,485
11. Nagoya Japan 187.1 11. Long Beach United States 6,710
12. Qingdao China 184.3 12. Antwerp Belgium 6,482
13. Kwangyang South Korea 177.5 13. Qingdao China 6,307
14. Dalian China 176.8 14. Port Kalang Malaysia 5,544
15. Qinhuangdao China 167.5 15. Ningbo China 5,208
16. Chiba Japan 165.7 16. Tianjin China 4,801
17. Antwerp Belgium 160.1 17. New York/New Jersey United States 4,785
18. Shenzhen China 153.9 18. Guangzhou China 4,685
19. New York/New Jersey United States 138.0 19. Tanjung Pelepas Indonesia 4,177
20. Kaohsiung Taiwan 137.9 20. Laem Chabang Thailand 3,834
21. Yokohama Japan 133.3 21. Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany 3,736
22. Hamburg Germany 125.7 22. Tokyo Japan 3,593
23. Inchon South Korea 123.5 23. Xiamen China 3,342
24. Port Hedland Australia 110.6 24. Tanjung Priok Indonesia 3,282
25. Dampier Australia 110.1 25. Algeciras Spain 3,180

1. TEU denotes 20-foot equivalent units.

Source: American Association of Port Authorities. Web:

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