The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang Province stands as the world's busiest port in terms of cargo tonnage since 2009. It handled nearly 1.2 billion tonnes of cargo in 2020, while also serving as China's largest transit hub for iron ore and crude oil.
The port's cargo throughput exceeded one billion tonnes in 2017, the first in the world to cross such a benchmark.
China leads the world in cross-border trade recovery thanks to effective COVID-19 containment efforts. The country's foreign trade rose 1.5 percent to $4.65 trillion in 2020, of which exports came in at $2.59 trillion with a 3.6-percent yearly rise. The throughput of the country's major ports has recovered to the pre-pandemic level. In comparison, global leading ports in Singapore, Rotterdam and Busan recorded decline in trade volume due to drop in demand.
The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan sits on the intersection of the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Its 260 container routes connect more than 600 ports in over 190 countries and regions, including over 100 routes in areas that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
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