100 million tonnes cargo a year are handled by 26 Chinese ports

By Curious

Total number of Chinese ports with a throughput tonnage of more than 100 million tonnes has been risen to twenty six last year from 2010's 22, according to the Ministry of Transportation, stated Xinhua.
Between the 17 Chinese ports and 9 Chinese river ports, Ningbo-Zhoushan ranks at the top 694 million tonnes throughput. The Yangtze River Delta has eleven ports on the list, more than all other regions.
Chongqing and Beibu Gulf Port from the western Chinese region are also on the list. Huanghua, another major port for coal transporting after Qinhuangdao, for the 1st time handled more than 100 million tonnes for the last year.
About 3 of the 4 new members on the list, Taizhou, Chongqing, Jiaxing, are river ports. The flourishing development of the Chinese river ports is brought by the plan of China to boost domestic demand and the supporting policies. Last year, the Ministry of Transportation took a decision to spend CNY45 billion (US$7.14 billion) on river shipping in the 5 years from 2011, 170% more than in the previous 5 years.
In 2006, China has 12 ports of more than 100 million tonnes. In 2009, the number had been increased to 20. But as the economic growth of China slows down, throughput growth is going to become steady. Analysis are trying to show that this year, China's port throughput is going to be growing at about 10%, 2.4 % down from 2011's 12.4%.