Hong Kong’s container throughput has dropped back to the 1990s, but air cargo volume remains the first in the world!

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According to the latest announcement from the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Bureau, Hong Kong Port will achieve a shipping container throughput of 14.401 million TEU in 2023, another year-on-year decrease of 13.7%, a new low since 1996. The throughput that year was 13.31 million TEU. This decline was also the largest decline since 2009, when the decline was 14.09%. Hong Kong’s container throughput has fallen back to the level of the 1990s after continuing to decline

The successive declines in Hong Kong’s maritime container throughput are in sharp contrast to the continued growth of mainland China’s ports. It not only highlights the intensification of competition within the region, but also reflects the tremendous changes in China’s economy and trade since its reform and opening up and its accession to the WTO.

This change is particularly reflected in the rapid development of mainland ports such as Shanghai, Ningbo, and Shenzhen. They have gradually occupied a more important position in the global container freight network by greatly enhancing port infrastructure and expanding international trade connections. With the rise of mainland ports, more and more international trade is conducted directly through these ports, reducing reliance on Hong Kong as a connecting bridge.

Although Hong Kong’s container throughput has continued to decline in recent years, even falling to the level of the 1990s, Hong Kong Airport’s cargo throughput once again maintained its top spot in the world in 2023. This achievement not only demonstrates the resilience and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s air cargo industry, but also highlights Hong Kong’s key role in global logistics and supply chain management.