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China’s port box volume rises 4.8pc to 150 million TEU in first half


CONTAINER traffic in China’s ports increased by 4.8 per cent year on year in the first half to 149.2 million TEU, reports London's Port Technology.

But overall cargo volume of Chinese ports in the first half was down eight per cent year on year to 8.1 billion tonnes.


The Port of Shanghai, which secured its spot as the world’s busiest port with 43.19 million TEU moved in 2022, witnessed an increase in container volumes of 9.5 per cent YoY from January to June of this year totalling 237 million TEU.

And Ningbo-Zhoushan also enjoyed rising volumes by handling a total of 17.6 million TEU in the first half of the year.

In terms of container freight prices, the Ningbo Container Freight Index (NCFI) averaged 679.9 points in July, a 0.7 per cent fall from the previous month.

The volume of cargo departing from the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan to destinations in the US has increased. Carriers continue to regulate the available shipping capacity in the market, and the freight rate has risen sharply for two consecutive rounds.

According to Ningbo Shipping Exchange, the NCFI sub-line index, that is, both the US west coast and the US east coast, had reached new highs for the year as of the end of July.

In June 2023, it was reported that China’s ports saw an increase in container volume from January to April 2023 reaching 95.4 million TEU.

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