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Countries with the most Container Port Traffic

Name the 21 countries that have the most container port traffic.
TEU = # of 20 ft equivalent containers
For the year 2017, according to the World Bank. Data for one country from Wikipedia.
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First submittedAugust 15, 2016
Last updatedJuly 16, 2019
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TEU
Country
235 mil
China
51.4 mil
United States
33.6 mil
Singapore
27.4 mil
South Korea
24.7 mil
Malaysia
21.9 mil
Japan
21.3 mil
United Arab Emirates
TEU
Country
19.5 mil
Germany
17.1 mil
Spain
14.1 mil
Netherlands
13.9 mil
Indonesia
13.3 mil
India
12.3 mil
Vietnam
11.9 mil
Belgium
TEU
Country
10.7 mil
Thailand
10.7 mil
Italy
10.5 mil
United Kingdom
> 10.4 mil
Taiwan
10.0 mil
Brazil
9.93 mil
Turkey
8.81 mil
Egypt
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level 76
Aug 15, 2016
Singapore at #3? Damn, they must get some pretty bad congestion...
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level 58
Aug 15, 2016
Panama at #20? Not the highest, but that's insane for Central America!
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level 80
Aug 15, 2016
The Panama canal may have something to do with that.
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level 28
Oct 22, 2016
*#21
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level 54
Aug 30, 2019
Panama was my first guess, I must have misunderstood the question
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level 69
Aug 17, 2016
Yeah, Singapore is obviously going to be high, but it's crazy how they're ranked #3 in the entire world.
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level 49
Oct 22, 2016
Not really. Singapore is a port city/country and one of the most efficient transport hubs in the world. It is often referred as the Gateway to Asia. It is basically famous because its lack of freedom of speech, its educational system, its port and because is one of the four financial capitals of the world (the other three being New York, London and Hong Kong).
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level 73
Jul 23, 2018
Basically, everything that comes out from East Asia to go in Europe HAS to sail by Singapore. The Strait of Malacca might be the most important strategic route in the world and Singapore is the obvious landmark on the way. So it's just natural that this point remains one of the biggest center for exchanging goods. And it will continue to grow with the development of new powers in the region. The British were really good at appropriating those choke points (Gibraltar, Singapore, Malta, Bahrain, modern UAE, the feud with the French about Suez...), and it served them very well...
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level 69
Aug 23, 2016
China has as much as the next 8 countries combined. That's pretty intense.
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level 83
Aug 24, 2016
Read the title as "Cities with the most..." Singapore was accepted, but then nothing else was working! *facepalm.
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level 59
Sep 13, 2019
I wasted my first minute by typing in cities well, I could ve been wrong with a few, but so many obvious ones werent accepted.. something had to be wrong haha. But beacuse it, I became seriously short on time, still onlymanaged to missed2 though, but might ve been nice if I had some time to think about it, though I dont think I would have tried egypt.. (I only try the ones I think have a shot and not type as many countries as I can in the alotted time)
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level 81
Sep 25, 2016
How sad to think that the UK is ranked between Egypt and Vietnam. How the mighty British Empire has fallen! I guess it does not take too long for a country to give up the mantle of leadership once it decides to do so.
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level 60
Sep 27, 2016
I'd say a big or small port doesn't define whether a country is mighty or not.
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level 59
Sep 13, 2019
It helps a lot though.
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level 59
Oct 22, 2016
Vietnam and Egypt are both big manufacturers (cheap labour, low environmental regulations) with populations north of 90mil. The UK has is a post-industrial nation with a population of circa 65mil. The reasons are obvious.
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level 67
Oct 22, 2016
Leadership? Is that what imperialism is called now? Anyway, ports have been dramatically transformed in the last generation - and it's these containers that largely have done it. The power of dock workers has pretty much vanished as the work has become deskilled.
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level 67
Oct 22, 2016
It's hard to believe that China has a movement larger than the total of the next 7 Countries. It shows how much China is leading the world in export / import business.
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level 71
Oct 22, 2016
#cheaplabor
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level 62
Oct 22, 2016
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IS.SHP.GOOD.TU?year_high_desc=true
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level 28
Oct 22, 2016
Why do you put the sources in the comments, when QM has already put it there?
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level 74
Oct 24, 2016
i spent several minutes guessing individual ports before I figured out it wanted countries instead.
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level 79
Nov 19, 2018
Oh right. Panama.
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level 65
Jul 16, 2019
I love this quiz. I have become more and more interested in container ships and global logistics in general. It's fascinating how all the intermodal pieces connect together.
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level 72
Jul 17, 2019
So surprising that all those ships come from Liberia but none of them ever return home!
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level 59
Sep 13, 2019
Wow the netherlands an belgium both have about as much inhabitants as 20ft E.U. containers haha
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level 46
Sep 13, 2019
Got 19, thought of the Netherlands at the last second but couldn’t type it in time
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level 42
Sep 13, 2019
Ironic how PORTugal not being in here XD