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Countries with the Most Container Port Traffic

Try to name the 21 countries which have the most containers coming in and out of their ports.
TEU = # of 20 ft equivalent containers
For the year 2022. Source: United Nations.
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First submittedAugust 15, 2016
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TEU
Country
269 m
China
62.2 m
United States
37.3 m
Singapore
28.5 m
South Korea
27.3 m
Malaysia
22.5 m
Japan
20.5 m
Vietnam
TEU
Country
20.3 m
United Arab Emirates
19.7 m
India
17.2 m
Spain
14.9 m
Netherlands
14.7 m
Taiwan
13.7 m
Germany
12.4 m
Indonesia
TEU
Country
12.4 m
Turkey
12.3 m
Belgium
11.7 m
Brazil
11.6 m
Italy
10.5 m
Thailand
10.5 m
Saudi Arabia
9.74 m
United Kingdom
35 Comments
+11
Level 83
Aug 15, 2016
Singapore at #3? Damn, they must get some pretty bad congestion...
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Level 76
Aug 17, 2016
Yeah, Singapore is obviously going to be high, but it's crazy how they're ranked #3 in the entire world.
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Level 53
Oct 22, 2016
Not really. Singapore is a port city/country and one of the most efficient transport hubs in the world. It is often referred as the Gateway to Asia. It is basically famous because its lack of freedom of speech, its educational system, its port and because is one of the four financial capitals of the world (the other three being New York, London and Hong Kong).
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Level 72
Jul 23, 2018
Basically, everything that comes out from East Asia to go in Europe HAS to sail by Singapore. The Strait of Malacca might be the most important strategic route in the world and Singapore is the obvious landmark on the way. So it's just natural that this point remains one of the biggest center for exchanging goods. And it will continue to grow with the development of new powers in the region.

The British were really good at appropriating those choke points (Gibraltar, Singapore, Malta, Bahrain, modern UAE, the feud with the French about Suez...), and it served them very well...

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Level 68
Sep 26, 2021
Why couldn't Indonesia or Malaysia do something?
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2024
In a matter of fact, Singapore was actually part of Malaysia (then known as Malaya) when they gained independence from the UK. They were actually expelled from Malaysia as a result of political unrest.
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Level 82
Aug 23, 2016
China has as much as the next 8 countries combined. That's pretty intense.
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Level 71
Apr 19, 2024
Now they have as much as the next 9 countries combined (and only 1m away from being the next 10 countries).
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Level 92
Aug 24, 2016
Read the title as "Cities with the most..." Singapore was accepted, but then nothing else was working! *facepalm.
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2019
I wasted my first minute by typing in cities well, I could ve been wrong with a few, but so many obvious ones werent accepted.. something had to be wrong haha. But beacuse it, I became seriously short on time, still onlymanaged to missed2 though, but might ve been nice if I had some time to think about it, though I dont think I would have tried egypt.. (I only try the ones I think have a shot and not type as many countries as I can in the alotted time)
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Level 63
Jun 17, 2022
that would also be a fun quiz though
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2024
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2024
You still could have got Brazil, Singapore, and Panama, if it was on the quiz still when you took it!
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Level 72
Apr 20, 2024
Brazil? I don't know any big cities named Brazil.
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Level 90
Sep 25, 2016
How sad to think that the UK is ranked between Egypt and Vietnam. How the mighty British Empire has fallen! I guess it does not take too long for a country to give up the mantle of leadership once it decides to do so.
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Level 63
Sep 27, 2016
I'd say a big or small port doesn't define whether a country is mighty or not.
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2019
It helps a lot though.
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Level 60
Oct 22, 2016
Vietnam and Egypt are both big manufacturers (cheap labour, low environmental regulations) with populations north of 90mil.

The UK has is a post-industrial nation with a population of circa 65mil.

The reasons are obvious.

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Level 71
Apr 19, 2024
Vietnam and Egypt also lie along major shipping lanes. Although Egypt is now gone from this list. I wonder if the conflict around the Red Sea is hurting its status as a hub of global shipping.
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Level 81
Apr 22, 2024
This, yes for sure.

Also the maximum ship size in the Suez Canal, which is getting a bit old and creaky.

Nevermind issues such as the canal getting blocked for 6 days by the Ever Given, new ships are increasingly being built larger than Suezmax, and must go around.

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Level 75
Oct 22, 2016
Leadership? Is that what imperialism is called now? Anyway, ports have been dramatically transformed in the last generation - and it's these containers that largely have done it. The power of dock workers has pretty much vanished as the work has become deskilled.
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Level 70
Oct 22, 2016
It's hard to believe that China has a movement larger than the total of the next 7 Countries. It shows how much China is leading the world in export / import business.
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Level 79
Oct 22, 2016
#cheaplabor
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Level 76
Oct 24, 2016
i spent several minutes guessing individual ports before I figured out it wanted countries instead.
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Level 73
Jul 16, 2019
I love this quiz. I have become more and more interested in container ships and global logistics in general. It's fascinating how all the intermodal pieces connect together.
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Level 73
Jul 17, 2019
So surprising that all those ships come from Liberia but none of them ever return home!
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2019
Wow the netherlands an belgium both have about as much inhabitants as 20ft E.U. containers haha
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Level 78
Sep 13, 2019
Got 19, thought of the Netherlands at the last second but couldn’t type it in time
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Level 47
Sep 13, 2019
Ironic how PORTugal not being in here XD
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Level 47
Sep 15, 2019
How about trying mine?

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/106634/europes-busiest-container-ports

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Level 81
Dec 4, 2022
I realized I was a bit lost when I absentmindedly typed Austria...
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Level 56
May 22, 2024
Somehow doing this quiz I've only just really realised how despite having a huge coastline and being far bigger than any other country, how very little Russia has in the way of useful coastline. It's basically St Petersburg (which freezes in winter), Kaliningrad, cut off from the rest of the country, and that bit on the Black Sea, which is only usable because the Turks are friendly. And Vladivostok, also icy and in the back of beyond. No wonder they've always been so keen to ensure neighbouring countries are, erm, on-side.
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Level 44
May 22, 2024
20/21, somehow missed south korea :3
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Level 51
May 22, 2024
Same but I missed Germany
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Level 52
May 22, 2024
No France ?