In this article, You will read Important Ports of the World (Major Seaports of the World) – for UPSC IAS.


  • A port is a maritime facility which may comprise one or more wharves where ships may dock to load and discharge passengers and cargo. Although usually situated on a sea coast or estuary, some ports, such as Hamburg, Manchester, and Duluth, are many miles inland, with access to the sea via river or canal.
  • Ports are extremely important to the global economy, responsible for 70% of global merchandise trade by value.
  • Today, by far the greatest growth in port development is in Asia, the continent with some of the world’s largest and busiest ports, such as Singapore and the Chinese ports of Shanghai and Ningbo-Zhoushan.
  • As of 2020, the busiest passenger port in the world is the Port of Helsinki in Finland. However, ports can also be very small and only serve local fishing or tourism.
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Important Ports of the World

  • Shanghai, China
  • Singapore
  • Shenzhen, China
  • Ningbo-Zhoushan, China
  • Guangzhou Harbor, China
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Hong Kong, S.A.R, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Tianjin, China
  • Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Port Klang, Malaysia
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China
  • Xiamen, China
  • Dalian, China
  • Los Angeles, U.S.A
  • Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Long Beach, U.S.A.
  • Laem Chabang, Thailand
  • Keihin Ports, Japan
  • Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • New York-New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Hambantota, Sri Lanka
  • Yingkou, China
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Hanshin Port, Japan
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Jawarharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva), India
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Algeciras, Spain
  • Lianyunguang, China
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Mundra, India
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Santos, Brazil
  • Rizhao, China
  • Dongguan, China
  • Fuzhou, China
  • Nanjing, China
  • Tanger Med, Morocco
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Salalah, Oman
  • Duqum Port, Oman
  • Khasab Port, Oman
  • Bandar Abbas, Iran
  • Bandar Anzali, Iran
  • Bandar Khomeini, Iran
  • Bandar Mahshahr, Iran
  • Bandar Noshahr, Iran
  • Bandar Taheri, Iran
  • Bushehr, Iran
  • Chabahar, Iran
  • Port of Bassein, Myanmar
  • Port of Mergui, Myanmar
  • Port of Moulmein, Myanmar
  • Port of Rangoon, Myanmar
  • Port of Sittwe, Myanmar
  • Port of Thilawa, Myanmar
  • Port of Yangon, Myanmar
  • Port of Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Port of Mongla, Bangladesh
  • Port of Payra, Bangladesh
  • Matarbari Port, Bangladesh
  • Port of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Pakistan
  • Keti Bunder Sea Port, Pakistan
  • Gwadar Port, Pakistan
  • Lamu port, Kenya
  • Hodeidah Port, Yemen
  • Saleef Port, Yemen 
  • Ras Isa Oil Terminal, Yemen
  • Mokha Port, Yemen 
  • Aden Port, Yemen 
  • Maalla Wharf, Yemen
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Iin Solihin

Very interesting. Thank for your information


truly u r a gem for aspirants,sir