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China’s dominant position in the port sector shows little sign of fading, though Shanghai’s future as the world’s largest box facility is no certainty.

One Hundred Ports: A simpler time

Despite the geopolitical uncertainties, coupled with the risks aligned with trade regionalisation and trade wars, 2019 proved a period of relative tranquillity compared to the upheaval that lay in wait. Container throughput growth was typically fragmented last year. However, China’s dominant position in the port sector shows little sign of fading. Containerised trade moved through the country represented nearly 40% of the overall teu total.

Combined container throughput figures of the top 100 ports grew by 2.5% in 2019 as volumes continued to soften amid a weakening global economic environment

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