The Zhanjiang Customs District plans to enhance cooperation with its counterparts at Dampier port in [Western] Australia and Singapore in a pilot program to build alliances with overseas ports. Dampier is a main port for Australia’s iron ore exports and a key source of iron ore shipped to Zhanjiang, said Wang Kan, deputy chief of the customs district, which oversees the customs operations in Zhanjiang and Maoming cities in Guangdong province. While Singapore runs the most shipping and logistics business with Zhanjiang among Southeast Asian nations, he said…Full Article: ECNS.cn July 2015

Key Point

  • From January to June 2015, Zhanjiang’s foreign trade declined US$2.45 billion when compared to the same period in 2014. Trade in oil and iron was the primary reason for the decline, while trade in agricultural products and machinery actually increased.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2015, the mayor of Zhanjiang announced plans to expand Zhanjiang’s port handling capacity as part of Maritime Silk Road growth projects.
  • In 2014, the top Chinese ports in terms of container traffic of Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) were Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Xiamen, Lianyungang and Yingkou. In 2014, Shanghai was the world’s busiest container port with 35.2 million TEU transported through the port. In 2013, Shenzhen surpassed Hong Kong as China’s second busiest container port.

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