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 meeting point in the T-shaped waterway network composed by the east-west Yangtse River and the south-north coastline, and is also China’s largest comprehensive port and one of the country’s most important gateways for foreign trade.
Port of Shanghai is endowed with extensive accesses to multi-modes of transportation. 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. Express ways 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 thriving 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, which is considered to fuel the sustainable growth of the Port of Shanghai.
Port of Shanghai is located at the fortress of the mouth of Yangtze River penetrating into the most developed hinterland of Yangtze River Delta and Yangtze River belt. As the forefront of China’s opening up to the world, it enjoys the unique advantages of both economically developed hinterlands and potentially robust growth of transshipment, which outstrips other ports simply focusing on transshipment.
Port of Shanghai handles around 25.7% of international trading volume in China. In 2014, the annual container throughput of Port of Shanghai was confirmed 35,285m TEU, up 4.5% from 33,77m in 2013. Total cargo throughput volume of 539m tonnes was reported. SIPG has managed to maintain its position as the world’s busiest port for the fifth consecutive year.
Frequent Liner Services
Container liner services calling at the Port of Shanghai cover all themajor 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.
Port of Shanghai has been recognized as the world’s largest port in terms of container and cargo throughput for several consecutive years since 2010. SIPG recorded a net profit of RMB6.68bn, a 27% increase from 2013. Revenue has also crept up by 1.9% y-o-y to RMB28.7bn.