City sets new records in annual container, air cargo throughputs

From: Shenzhen Daily | Updated:2022-01-18

Shenzhen set new heights in annual container and air cargo throughputs last year, according to the latest statistics of the city’s transport bureau.

Shenzhen Port’s container throughput reached a new record high of 28.77 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2021, up 8.4 percent year on year, ranking fourth worldwide. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport witnessed the country’s fastest cargo handling capacity growth last year, surpassing the 1.5-million-ton benchmark for the first time.

By the end of last year, Shenzhen Port had operated a total of 302 international freight shipping routes, 61 routes more than the previous year, while the airport’s freight service had reached new historic record of 51 routes.

Shenzhen handled 1.56 million tons of cargoes in air freight last year, up 12 percent year on year, ranking third nationwide. Its passenger turnover hit 36.35 million, also ranking third nationwide.

In terms of all-cargo destinations, the airport opened five international ones, including Paris and Los Angeles; and intensified 11 international cargo routes. In 2021, it opened domestic all-cargo routes to Wuhu in East China’s Anhui Province and Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, as well as intensified three domestic air cargo routes.

Shenzhen Port, stretching along a 260-kilometer coast, includes Shekou, Yantian, Nanshan and Dachan Bay container ports, with 38 berths that can provide shore power services. At present, it can accommodate 12 ultra-large container ships with the capacity of more than 200,000 tons of TEUs docking at the same time.

Last year, the port’s container throughput was the world’s fourth largest and China’s third largest. The Yantian port area handled half of its cargoes and more than one-third of Guangdong Province’s foreign trade products, as well as one-fourth of China’s trade goods with the U.S., according to public data.

In June last year, Mawan Smart Port, the first automated port on the Chinese mainland, was put into use in the Nanshan port area.

On Dec. 28, Shenzhen Port put Xiaomo International Logistics Port in the Shenshan Special Cooperation Zone into operation, which is expected to handle 4.5 million tons of cargoes a year.