Except for last-minute surprises, Shanghai will return to the lead in the world ranking of container movement in 2018.
This isn’t news, Shanghai is the King Port since it occupied that privileged place back in 2010. A throne that until then had been an exclusive struggle between Hong Kong and Singapore.
In 2017, Shanghai exceeded 40 million TEUs, so, a somewhat higher figure, is expected in 2018.
The huge activity of Shanghai is justified not only for its centric location on the coast of China (between Beijing and Hong Kong) but also, and mainly, for being the exit gate of the Yangtzé river. This provides a gigantic hinterland, which includes the major city of Chongqing, covering the over 110 million people that are established on the shore of the spectacular river.
The port of Shanghai has the largest deep-water terminal in the world, 20km long and 20m draft. It has 125 docks and 19 terminals. It’s mainly intended for the movement of containers, but also of different types of cargo such as bulk, roll-on / roll-off and terminals for cruises.
Shanghai was already known for its importance since the mid-nineteenth century when it became a commercial base of the first order for the European powers that had forced the opening of China to world trade.
However, after the Japanese domination and the subsequent wars of liberation, first, and civil war, afterward, Shanghai entered, since 1949, into an economic decline that didn’t begin to be corrected until 1985. Since then, its economic rise has not stopped.
The entry of Mao Tse Tung’s forces in Shanghai in 1949 caused a massive flight of commercial actors who were responsible for the transformation of Shanghai as the main port of Asia at that time. That talent took refuge mainly in Hong Kong and Singapore. Both cities had benefited greatly from the collapse of Shanghai, until its new rise.
Currently, the annual volume of import and export through the port of Shanghai represents a quarter of China’s total foreign trade. Also, it’s the only port in China that accepts IMO import cargo as LCL. This makes it, in addition to the most important container port in the world, the only entry option for IMO groupage to other points in China such as Ningbo, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xiamen, among others.
Our direct export service to Shanghai:
At TransGlory, we have a direct export service to Shanghai, with a 30-day Transit Time, and a weekly frequency. For more information about the service, access the departure itineraries at the following link or do not hesitate to contact us.