World’s Busiest Seaports by Cargo Tonnage

Here are the world’s busiest seaports by cargo tonnage, the total mass, or volume of actual cargo transported through the port. The listing is based on AAPA world port ranking data.

In the Measure column, MT = Metric Tons, HT = Harbor Tons, FT = Freight Tons, and RT = Revenue Tons. The busiest ports in the world are chosen based on the container traffic passing via them.

Thus, the largest ports in the world don’t require to be the busiest ones. The maritime domain has increased by leaps and bounds in the past few decades, and port and harbor facilities adapt to these ever-increasing requirements.

It is great to understand that the busiest port structures are situated in Asia, given the continent’s geographical position amidst crucial marine trade routes connecting European and Middle-eastern ports.

World’s Busiest Seaports by Cargo Tonnage

Port

Country

Tons

2019 Kiloton

2018 Kiloton

Ningbo-Zhoushan

China

Metric Tons

1,120,090

1,038,080

Shanghai

China

Metric Tons

716,770

716,590

Tangshan

China

656,740

636,990

Singapore

Singapore

Freight Tons

626,180

630,130

Guangzhou

China

Metric Tons

606,160

538,330

Qingdao

China

Metric Tons

577,360

541,610

Suzhou

China

522,750

531,790

Port Hedland

Australia

Metric Tons

521,880

517,990

Tianjin

China

Metric Tons

492,200

472,810

Rotterdam

Netherlands

Metric Tons

469,400

468,980

Rizhao

China

463,770

437,520

Busan

South Korea

Revenue Tons

455,910

450,220

Yantai

China

386,320

333,610

Dalian

China

Metric Tons

366,410

351,300

Nantong

China

Metric Tons

336,200

265,980

Zhanjiang

China

329,160

157,720

Huanghua

China

287,160

287,160

Taizhou

China

282,430

255,130

Gwangyang

South Korea

Revenue Tons

276,040

268,130

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Metric Tons

263,320

258,540

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