Shanghai Port: Yangtze Growth Strategy



Ding Songbing, General Manager, Strategy and Research Department, Shanghai International Ports Group (SIPG)


The Port of Shanghai is located in one of China's most economically developed cities, situated at the middle of the 18,000 kilometre-long Chinese coastline, where the Yangtze River flows into the sea. As the direct hinterland of the Port of Shanghai, the Yangtze Economic Zone contributes more than 40% of the GDP of China, as well as 25% of the nation’s total import and export cargos.

It is the base market for the port as well as a critical area for its sustainable growth. The vast area of Yangtze River hinterland is the market cornerstone and one of the most important driving factors in the development of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG). To maintain and increase the share of the container terminal market along the river, SIPG has implemented the Yangtze strategy for 16 years. The key of the Yangtze strategy is speeding up containerization and systematizing the development of the ports, directing the flow of goods, enhancing the port's influence over the river catchment, and realizing sustainable development for SIPG.

As early as 2001, the predecessor of SIPG, Shanghai Port Container Company (SPCCO), formed the basic framework of the Yangtze Strategy. The throughput originating from Yangtze was less than 1 million TEU, and accounted for 17% of the whole throughput of Shanghai Port…. 

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