Hong Kong port shrinks whilst Shenzhen port grows

Hong Kong, which is on course to lose its status as the world’s third-busiest container port, handled 22.3m teu (20 foot equivilant shipping container) in 2013, 3.6% less than a year ago, according to government data, dipping 2% to 17.1m teu.

Hong Kong is set to be overtaken by neighbouring Shenzhen as the world’s third-largest container port, a status that it has held since 2007.

The former British colony was once the world’s top container port but was outrun by Singapore in 2005 and by Shanghai in 2007.