The development in the 25 largest ports in the world is a good indicator of the activity level in the world trade. And when focusing on the growth levels of the giant ports, it was significantly lower last year as the handling of containers only increased by 4.0 percent which is the lowest growth level since 2009. So it says in the recent Alphaliner newsletter which furthermore states that new challenges face the container carriers moving the containers and the ports handling the containers.
The growth in the 25 ports of which 11 are in China, 7 in the rest of Asia, four in Europe, two in the United States and one in the Middle East has dropped significantly in recent year. In 2010, the growth reached 15.5 percent and in 2011, 8.7 percent. Particularly the last six months of 2012 are to blame for the growth slowdown.