Source: Drewry Shipping Consultants.
Port TEU Movements, 1985-2008
The growth of containers handled by ports has been remarkable. The
composition of this growth reveals an growing share of the function
of transshipment and an enduring share of the movement of empty
containers in the range of 20% of all containers handled. While the
transshipment incidence was around 17% in 1990, it climbed to more
than 28% in 2008. This reflects a growing complexity of the maritime
network and the trade interactions it supports.