Where Does it Ship From? The World’s Most Hectic Ports of Call

In the past few years, the supply chain was a frequent news item. Many people don’t realize that most of the world’s goods and supplies are shipped by sea. Knowing that ports of call would be home to massive amounts of goods led the team at State Island Yachts to wonder where in the world they could find the most crowded ports of call. They decided to rank their findings based on the amount of twenty-foot shipping containers trafficked through these ports. The results are an interesting visualization of the origins and destinations of goods worldwide.

Their data shows China as a leader in sea shipping across the board. They’re home to the world’s most hectic, Port of Shanghai, which shipped 47,303 TEUs. (TEU stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit.) Shanghai isn’t the only busy port on the list though. Here are all of China’s ports that made it to the top ten ranking:

  • Port of Shanghai
  • Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan
  • Port of Shenzhen
  • Quingdao Port
  • Port of Guangzhou
  • Port of Tianjin

Although there’s no doubt that China leads the world in busiest ports of call along with many other countries throughout Asia, the data shows busy ports in a variety of countries around the world.

Here are all the countries that have one of the world’s most active ports of call:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • United States of America
  • Hong Kong
  • The Netherlands
  • Malaysia
  • Belgium
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Germany
  • Vietnam
  • Morocco
  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • Indonesia

The graphic shows an interesting visual representation of how goods travel around the world. It gives insight into where the most goods are made, who may receive the most goods and where some of the most industrious cities are.

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