Incheon Port Surpassed Three Million TEU


By The Maritime Executive 01-11-2018 10:29:19

South Korea's Incheon Port surpassed three million TEU processed in a year. If the containers were connected in a line, that line would be equal to a distance of 24 route trips between Seoul and Busan (380 kilometers, 236 miles).

Incheon Port Authority held a commemoration event and voiced ambitions to become part of the Top 30 Global Ports by 2025. Currently Incheon sits in 47th place, but the port plans to handle 3.5 million TEU by 2020 and four million TEU by 2025.

The port logistics industry out of the Incheon region accounts for 33.8 percent of the nation's gross national product. The port says, 6.4 jobs are generated per 10,000 TEU, so achieving three million TEU in 2017 equates to the employment of 1,920 people.  

Over the past five years, Incheon's top five ports ports were all ports in China: Shanghai Port, Qingdao Port, Weihai Port, Shekou Port and Dalian Port. Exports to China have grown over the last year, but Incheon has also seen increased volumes to Thailand, Iran, India and Vietnam. 

Kim Jong Gil, the director of Incheon Port’s Logistics Strategy Bureau, stated last year that cargo volumes to the Chinese ports would continue to take up the highest share in the future, but cargo volumes to South East Asia are also expected to rise continuously. “In the future, we will strive to satisfy the needs of forwarders of import and export by diversifying the routes through the expansion of coast line services in not only South East Asia but also in the America region.”