China's busiest port sees robust container throughput growth

HANGZHOU — China's busiest port, the Port of Ningbo Zhoushan in the eastern province of Zhejiang, reported strong growth in container throughput in January.

File photo shows a cargo vessel at Chuanshan port zone of Ningbo Zhoushan Port, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The port's container throughput exceeded 2.88 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, a year-on-year increase of 14.5 percent, according to the port operator.

The port has newly opened one near-sea shipping route, increasing its total number of shipping routes to 261.

The port handled more than 1.17 billion tonnes of cargo in 2020, up over 4 percent year on year and ranking first in the world for a 12th straight year, showed statistics from the Ministry of Transport.

The port's container throughput hit 28.72 million TEUs last year, up over 4 percent year on year and ranking third globally.