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Piraeus: 28th

among the world’s largest

container ports


Lloyd’s List has published the latest edition of One Hundred Ports 2021, which compiles the handling data of the world’s leading container ports for 2020.

Based on the handling data, the volume of containers handled recorded a global decline in 2020, initially due to the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequently due to congestion and disruption to supply chains.

In particular, the first half of 2020 saw a significant decline in container traffic, but in the second half of the year the lifting of restrictive measures led to a recovery in the volume of cargo handled. In fact, 2020 was the first year since the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 that total container throughput at the world’s largest container ports recorded a decline. The total volume of containers handled amounted to approximately 632 million TEUs, registering a 0.7% decrease compared to 2019 (5,648,056 TEUs). This drop in container handling resulted in not only halting the upward trend that the Port of Piraeus had been on in the ranking for the last four years, but also in a drop from 26th (2019) to 28th place.

Finally, it is worth noting that seven of the ten largest container ports in the world are located in China, with the port of Shanghai becoming the largest in the world for yet another year. Similarly, Rotterdam, ranked 10th in the world, remains the largest port in Europe.

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