By the end of 2015, there were 31,259 berths for production, decreasing by 446 over 2014. There were 5,899 berths at sea ports, increasing by 65; there were 25,360 berths at river ports, decreasing by 511. There are 2,221 berths of 10,000 tons or above, increasing by 111 over 2015.
Total throughput in 2015 was 12.75 billion tons, increasing by 2.4% over 2014. Among them, 8.147 billion tons were completed at sea ports and 4.603 billion tons were at river ports, increasing by 1.4% and 4.2%, respectively. Total passenger throughput was 185 million, increasing by 1.3%. About 82 million were at sea ports and 104 million were at river ports.
According to CRI, the growth rate of the throughput of Chinese ports has been tumbling since 2014, affected by sluggish downstream infrastructure investment and import and export trade. Some ports even experienced a decreased throughput. The revenues and profits of the port industry have stepped into the downward trend. As the growth of China’s economy will continue to slow down and international trade will not be improved in the short term, the throughput of ports will keep growing at a low rate.