The cargo throughput of China's ports has ranked first globally for many consecutive years as the country has launched shipping routes with over 100 countries and regions, according to an official from the country's Ministry of Transport (MOT) during a press conference in Shanghai on Tuesday.
According to Gao Haiyun, a second-level inspector from the Water Transportation Bureau under the MOT, China's waterway freight volume and cargo turnover account for 16.9 percent and 53.5 percent in the country's transport system, respectively.
Maritime transport carries about 95 percent of the country's foreign trade, playing an important role in ensuring the transportation of key imports such as grain and energy resources, as well as facilitating the smooth flow of the international and domestic supply chains.
"China has established shipping routes with over 100 countries and regions, and the routes cover all coastal countries and regions along the 'Belt and Road Initiative' routes, with continuously optimized service network. The size of the Chinese-owned fleet has reached 249.2 million gross tons, surpassing that of Greece as the world's largest shipowner country." said Gao.
China's ports have ranked first globally in terms of cargo throughput and container throughput for many consecutive years, according to Gao.
The inland freight volume also ranked first globally for multiple years in a row, as well as the mileage of navigable inland waterways. The main route of the Yangtze River has been the world's busiest waterway, with the largest transportation volume for many years in a row.
The country is also actively promoting the construction of various major water transfer projects, and fixed-asset investment maintains rapid growth. In 2022, the investment into water transfer projects reached 167.9 billion yuan (about 23 billion U.S. dollars), up 10.9 percent year on year. In the first half of this year, the investment reached 93.6 billion yuan, up 26.7 percent year on year.
China has been improving container terminal automation to build smart ports, and has established 16 automated container terminals, with 10 under construction. Both figures rank first in the world.
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