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International Cargo Seaport: Port of Guangzhou

Posted in International Seaport - 23 Aug 2021, 10:08 AM

As one of the globe’s busiest cargo ports, the Port of Guangzhou is just as fascinating as its city. With a historic journey and exciting information that can further expand your knowledge about this particular industry, we recommend you to keep reading the article below.

About the Port of Guangzhou

As Guangzhou’s major seaport in Guangdong Province, China, the Port of Guangzhou was crowned the world’s fifth-largest container terminal with 21.8 million TEUs of freight volume in 2018.

The harbor was immensely significant from 221 to 206 BC (during the Qin dynasty). During the dynasties of Ming (from 1368 to 1644) and Qing (from 1644 to 1912), it also became a vital link in the Silk Road (now known as the Maritime Silk Road/Route)—further establishing its reputation as one of China’s busiest harbors.

The city itself, Guangzhou, is located at the confluence of three major rivers of Beijiang, Xijiang, and Dongjiang. One of its major settlements, The Pearl River Delta Metropolitan Region (PRD), has its principal seaport area stretching along the coast, including water bodies in Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, and Dongguan.

The port has 4,600 docking sites, 2,359 moorings, and 133 buoys—all of which consist of a 1,000-tonne class. Container freight, bonded warehousing, storage, and loading and unloading services are some of the schemes provided by the port.

The deepwater terminal of Port of Nansha here accounts for over 70% of the overall cargo throughput. Automobiles, ore, steel, chemical fertilizer, grain, coal, and oil are the manufacturing, industrial, and agricultural items transiting the harbor.

The History

The Port of Guangzhou serves as the gateway to the Maritime Silk Road. It has been the Lingnan Region’s sea-going waterway and China’s most crucial international trading port since the dynasties of Qin and Han (202 BC–220 AD).

Guangzhou city was formed around 221 BC, the same year the renowned Maritime Silk Road was created. The forerunner to China’s overseas commercial efforts was indeed the Port of Guangzhou.

Guangzhou has pushed the traffic frequency of its maritime transportation industry to an exceptional degree since 618 AD, taking advantage of the favorable climate and geographic region. The port has grown into a leading port in the East, integrating China with Asia in the south and southeast and the Arabian peninsula.

Guangzhou began its economic connection with the world in 1757 as a meeting point for traders and sailors. The thirteen-trades monopoly’s international commerce industry soared to unparalleled heights of wealth.

More about the Port of Guangzhou

In 2021, the Port of Guangzhou has added the Port of Alexandria in Egypt into its collaboration partner—making it the 54th sister port on that list, along with the Port of  Dakar in the Republic of Senegal, Lagos in Nigeria, and Durban in South Africa.

The port has been managing six liner services, with last year marking the import of 20,000 tons of cargo and exporting 440,000 tons of cargo, from and to Suez of Egypt.

We hope the information about the Port of Guangzhou above gives you something new to know! Go ahead and try checking out our other informative port-related articles as well!

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