Container volumes in China have reached 67.4 million TEU in the period of January to March 2022, a year-on-year increase of 2.4 per cent.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, ports across the country also processed 3630.9 million tons of cargo in Q1 2022, an increase of 1.6 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.
Despite the city’s recent lockdown, the Port of Shanghai remains the best-performing port in China, handling a total of 3,810,000 TEU in March 2022, up 11.7 per cent compared to the same month last year. In Q1 2022, the port moved 8,160,000 TEU.
China’s second largest port – the Port of Ningbo Zhoushan – saw a 0.9 per cent decline in throughput last month, only processing 2,290,000 TEU. This was most likely driven by newly implemented COVID-19 measures.
For the first quarter of the year, Ningbo moved 5,250,000 TEU, up 1.1 per cent compared to Q1 2021.
The Port of Shenzhen saw one of the largest declines in throughput last month with container volumes falling 13.3 per cent to 1,820,000 TEU. This was a direct result of the city going into lockdown on 16 March.
Over the last three months, the port has handled 4,280,000 TEU, a 10.9 per cent reduction compared to the same period in 2021.