World Port Ranking, 2006

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 537.0 1. Singapore Singapore 24,792
2. Singapore Singapore 448.5 2. Hong Kong China 23,539
3. Rotterdam Netherlands 378.4 3. Shanghai China 21,710
4. Ningbo China 309.7 4. Shenzhen China 18,469
5. Guangzhou China 302.8 5. Busan South Korea 12,039
6. Tianjin China 257.6 6. Kaohsiung Taiwan 9,775
7. Hong Kong China 238.2 7. Rotterdam Netherlands 9,655
8. Qingdao China 224.2 8. Dubai United Arab Emirates 8,923
9. Busan South Korea 217.9 9. Hamburg Germany 8,862
10. Nagoya Japan 208.0 10. Los Angeles United States 8,470
11. Qinhuangdao China 204.9 11. Qingdao China 7,702
12. South Louisiana United States 204.6 12. Long Beach United States 7,289
13. Kwangyang South Korea 202.4 13. Ningbo China 7,068
14. Houston United States 201.5 14. Antwerp Belgium 7,019
15. Dalian China 200.5 15. Guangzhou China 6,600
16. Shenzhen China 176.0 16. Port Kalang Malaysia 6,326
17. Antwerp Belgium 167.4 17. Tianjin China 5,950
18. Chiba Japan 167.0 18. New York/New Jersey United States 5,093
19. Ulsan South Korea 161.1 19. Tanjung Pelepas Indonesia 4,770
20. New York/New Jersey United States 143.0 20. Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany 4,450
21. Yokohama Japan 138.2 21. Laem Chabang Thailand 4,123
22. Hamburg Germany 135.3 22. Xiamen China 4,019
23. Kaohsiung Taiwan 135.1 23. Tokyo Japan 3,969
24. Inchon South Korea 129.6 24. Jawaharlal Nehru India 3,298
25. Dampier Australia 126.1 25. Tanjung Priok Indonesia 3,280

1. TEU denotes 20-foot equivalent units.

Source: American Association of Port Authorities. Web:

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