Shanghai Port to keep top spot for second year

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Bloomberg: Shanghai, China’s wealthiest city, said it will remain the world’s busiest port for a second year as the nation’s economic growth boosts trade volumes.

Terminals in the city handled a record 30 million 20-foot equivalent boxes in 2011, the Shanghai municipal government said in a statement on its website. The city surpassed Singapore in container traffic for the first time last year by moving 29.05 million 20-foot boxes.

Rising exports of Chinese-made goods to the US and Europe, as well as imports, boosted volumes in Shanghai. Total exports and imports via the city’s customs increased 19 per cent to $ 790 billion in the first nine months of this year, the city government said in the statement.

Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., the port’s operator, gained 1.2 per cent to 2.65 yuan at the midday break in Shanghai trading. The stock has lost 30 per cent this year, compared with a 21 per cent drop in the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index.

The statement didn’t provide Singapore’s container traffic volume this year. Singapore handled 27.3 million 20-foot containers in the first 11 months of 2011, according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, which is scheduled to provide full-year figures in January.