Ningbo Zhoushan Port's container throughput up 25% in July

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated:  August 5, 2022 L M S


Containers at Ningbo Zhoushan Port in East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/Ningbo Evening News]

The world's largest port by cargo throughput volume, Ningbo Zhoushan Port's container business has been growing steadily despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The port in East China's Zhejiang province handled over 3.2 million TEUs this year in July, rising 25 percent year-on-year. This was the fourth consecutive month that the port has seen its container throughput surpass 3 million TEUs.

As of July, the number of container routes opened by Ningbo Zhoushan Port stood at 301.

The port's operator has been continuously expanding its business domestically by leveraging the sea-rail combined transport mode, which refers to the mechanism where goods are first loaded onto trains to Ningbo before being transported overseas by sea, and vice versa.

Last month, a freight rail route connecting Xuancheng city in East China's Anhui province with the port was launched, bringing the total number of such rail routes to 22.

A total of 125,000 containers were transported via the sea-rail combined transport mode at the port in July, up 25.9 percent year-on-year, official statistics show.

In addition, the port's berth operation efficiency has been improved after a nucleic acid testing laboratory was put into use in Ningbo's Beilun district that month. The lab has significantly shortened the time required for foreign vessels to undergo virus checkups at Ningbo Zhoushan Port.