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This is a list of the World's busiest port regions, ranked by gross cargo tonnage handled, identified by regions of intense port activity typically concentrated around key economic centres. Several of the world's ports are managed or operated as distinct ports despite their geographical proximity, and many serve a single city or urban area.

Region Economy Ports tons(000) Year[1] Total
Yangtze River Delta People's Republic of China China Port of Shanghai (including Yangshan) 561,446 (2007) 1,185,996
Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan 471,630 (2007)
Port of Suzhou 152,920
Pearl River Delta People's Republic of China China Port of Guangzhou 341,363 (2007) 823,449
Port of Shenzhen 199,190 (2007)
Port of Zhuhai 37,563 (2007)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong 245,433 (2007)
Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta Netherlands Netherlands Port of Rotterdam[note 1] 429,060 (2008)[2] 780,341
Port of Amsterdam[note 2] 94,770 (2008)[2]
Ports of Zeeland[note 3] 33,278 (2008)[2]
Belgium Belgium Port of Antwerp 189,389 (2008)[3]
Port of Ghent 33,844 (2008)[4]
Bohai Bay People's Republic of China China Port of Tianjin 309,465 (2007) 686,158
Port of Qinhuangdao 245,964 (2007)
Port of Huanghua 83,330 (2007)
Port of Tangshan 47,399 (2007)
Singapore Strait Singapore Singapore Port of Singapore 483,616 (2007) 596,056
Malaysia Malaysia Port of Tanjung Pelepas 84,150 (2007)
Johor Port 28,290
Shandong Peninsula People's Republic of China China Port of Qingdao 265,020 (2007) 527,115
Port of Yantai 131,462 (2007)
Port of Rizhao 130,633 (2007)
Tokyo Bay Japan Japan Port of Chiba 169,202 (2007) 516,179
Port of Yokohama 141,758 (2007)
Port of Kawasaki 100,690
Port of Tokyo 87,629 (2007)
Port of Yokosuka 16,900
Gyeongsang South Korea South Korea Port of Busan 243,564 (2007) 474,091
Port of Ulsan 168,652 (2007)
Port of Pohang 61,875 (2007)
Southeast Texas[5] United States United States Port of Houston 216,064 (2007) 422,885
Port of Beaumont 81,384 (2007)
Port of Texas City 56,787 (2007)
Freeport 29,598 (2007)
Port Arthur 29,262 (2007)
Port of Galveston 9,791 (2007)
Liaoning People's Republic of China China Port of Dalian 222,859 (2007) 380,071
Port of Yingkou 122,065 (2007)
Port of Jinzhou 35,147 (2007)
Mississippi River Delta United States United States Port of South Louisiana 207,785 (2007) 379,686
Port of New Orleans 68,989 (2007)
Port of Plaquemines 53,358 (2007)
Port of Baton Rouge 49,554 (2007)
Osaka Bay Japan Japan Port of Kobe 96,155 (2007) 333,232
Port of Osaka 96,680 (2007)
Port of Sakai-Senboku 72,750
Port of Wakayama-Shimotsu 39,018
Others (Himeji, Nishinomiya, Hannan) 28,629
Elbe-Weser Triangle Germany Germany Port of Hamburg 140,923 (2007) 252,756
Port of Bremerhaven 69,095 (2007)
Port of Wilhelmshaven 42,738 (2007)
Fujian People's Republic of China China Port of Xiamen 81,172 (2007) 207,658
Port of Fuzhou 64,333 (2007)
Port of Quanzhou 62,153 (2007)
South California United States United States Port of Long Beach 77,965 (2007) 147,388
Port of Los Angeles 59,423 (2007)
Others (Port of San Diego, Port Hueneme, etc.) 10,000

Notes

  1. ^ Including the smaller ports of Dordrecht, Moerdijk, and Scheveningen.
  2. ^ Including the smaller ports of Beverwijk, IJmuiden/Velsen, and Zaanstad.
  3. ^ The Ports of Zeeland comprises the ports of Flushing and Terneuzen.

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