Advantageous Geographical Location
Port of Shanghai is situated at the middle of the 18,000km-long Chinese coastline, where the Yangtse River, known as “the Golden Waterway”, flows into the sea. It is the leading port in the T-shaped waterway network composed by the Yangtse River and the coastline, and is also China’s largest comprehensive port and one of the country’s most important gateways for foreign trade.
It is faced towards the northern and southern coastal seas of China and the oceans of the world, and is linked with the Yangtse River and the inland waterways of Yangtse River Valley region such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces etc. Expressway and state-level highways lead the Port to the national highway network to all regions of the country.
Therefore, the Port enjoys an advantageous geographical location, favorable natural conditions, vast economically developed hinterlands, and complete inland distribution infrastructure and facilities.
Vast Economic Hinterlands
Port of Shanghai serves vast hinterland in the Yangtse River Delta and the entire Yangtse River valley.The Yangtse River Delta is home to a cluster of cities which are the most economically vibrant area in China. The Jianghan Plain and Sichuan Basin are areas that are densely populated and have a developed agriculture and a strong industrial base. These areas will prove to be the powerhouse for the sustainable growth of the Port of Shanghai.
The annual import and export trade through Shanghai, in terms of value, accounts for a quarter of China’s total foreign trade. The Port’s container throughput in 2010 reached 29.069 million TEUs, ranking it the largest container port in the world.
Frequent Liner Services
Container liner services from the Port of Shanghai cover all major ports around the world. More than 2,000 container ships depart from the Port every month, en route to North America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Black Sea, Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and other regions.