It has been reported that China’s total international shipping volume will reach 6.2bn tons. This means that China will account for 17% of the world’s shipping volume by 2030.
Container throughput in China will reach 505 million 20-foot-equivalent units by 2030, three super container hub ports will be formed in Shanghai, Qingdao and Hong Kong, and Chinese firms will become global container terminal operators.
In 2030, China’s coastal shipping volume is projected to reach well over 3.3 billion tonnes, and its coastal container shipping volume around 116 million TEU, taking up nearly half of China’s total coastal transportation.
Three or four so-called “super container hub ports” will be formed, including Shanghai, Qingdao and Hong Kong, where higher port activities will be recorded and technology will improve for greater efficiency. More than 95 percent of the coastal ports will integrate their resources with other ports in the cluster through capital injection and strategic cooperation.
The China Shipping Development Outlook report published by the Shanghai International Shipping Institute lists the top 10 ports in 2030 and their annual volumes:
- Shanghai (52.68 million TEUs)
- Qingdao (43.15 million)
- Ningbo-Zhoushan (37.27 million)
- Tianjin/Xingang (32.3 million)
- Shenzhen (30.24 million)
- Guangzhou (30.07 million)
- Dalian (27.86 million)
- Suzhou (23.11 million)
- Lianyungang (16.67 million)
- Xiamen (13.24 million)