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Shenzhen becoming international key shipping hub

Author: Time:2014-1-13 read:2379number

 SHENZHEN port, whose throughput stayed as the world's fourth largest for 10 years in a row, is growing increasingly important in its status as a logistics pivot in the world, Xinhua reports.

Shenzhen's throughput has been rising steadily since 2002. In 2002, it handled 87.67 million tonnes. In 2003, its throughput tonnage surpassed 100 million tonnes. In 2011, its throughput grew to 223 million tonnes. In terms of containers, it handled 7.62 million TEU in 2002. In 2003, Shenzhen became the world's fourth largest port with 10 million TEU. In 2012, its box throughput rose higher to 21.72 million TEU, keeping the fourth place for 10 years.

Shenzhen have well-developed harbour-front industry. There are seven terminal operators in Shenzhen, including Yantian International Container Terminals and China Merchants, 35 port handlers, nearly a hundred terminal warehouse operators, about 80 shipping service providers, 2,100 container tow truckers, two port and shipping information providers, and more than 30 shipping infrastructure builders.

Shenzhen is operating over 200 international container shipping lanes. It is one of the ports that operates the most ocean shipping container routes in China.

Since 2007, Shenzhen became sister port with 11 ports in the world including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Las Palmas, Buenos Aries, Oakland, Virginia, Valencia, Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Taranto and Copenhagen-Malmo.`

Shenzhen is also operating 15 domestic sea-rail intermodal services to Chengdu, Changsha, Chongqing, Wuhan, Liling, Dalang and Changping. Its sea-rail intermodal container volume has increased from 20,000 TEU in 2005 to 130,000 TEU in 2011

In 2009, Shenzhen's development plan was approved by the state government, according to which it will cooperate with Hong Kong and develop together into a world logistics hub.

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