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Did you know that Thailand ranked among Southeast Asia’s top three countries in terms of container traffic in 2009? According to the American Association of Port Authorities, Laem Chabang Port is the world’s 20th busiest port. The ranking is compiled based on container volume.

Container traffic at Laem Chabang Port had been increasing at between 11 and 13 percent annually from 2005 to 2008. The growth trend was interrupted only in 2009 due to the global economic slowdown. An advisory company, however, assessed the situation and pointed out that the container volume at Laem Chabang Port would climb at the rate of 12 percent annually as soon as the world experienced economic recovery. Based on this assessment, Laem Chabang Port will likely have to accommodate more than 10 million TEUs by 2016. By 2020, the number of TEUs looks set to soar to 16 million exceeding the capacity of the port’s first- and second-phase development.

Third-phase development for Laem Chabang Port is thus warranted. It also responds well to the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2013 – 2016), which seeks to drive the country’s economy ahead when free-trade agreements in the region will be taking effect. In Phase 3, Laem Chabang Port will truly become the marine gateway to the region. Additional logistical support will be provided by linking the port to key transportation systems and in particular Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Country
million TEUs
  1. Singapore
  2. Shang Hai
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Shenzhen
  5. Busan
  6. Guangzhou
  7. Dubai
  8. Ningbo
  9. Qingdao
  10. Rotterdam

           ...

    20. Laem Chabang

25.87
25.00
20.98
18.25
11.95
11.19
11.12
10.50
10.26
9.74

...

4.64

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.ord/wiki/List_of_world’s_busiest_container _ports (8 February 2011)

 
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