In the first 10 months from January to October, the port of Xiamen, Fujian province realized year-on-year growth of 4.19 percent in container throughput, Xinhua reported.
The container business grew robustly during October after growth appeared to reach a plateau over the previous nine months.
In November, the port handled 592,900 TEUs in cross-border trade alone, 10.5 percent more than the same period last year, reported cqn.com.cn, an online news affiliate of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China.
With this current growth trend, the port is well on track to realize the 9.6 million TEUs annual target, in comparison to 8.6 million TEUs in 2014.
During the past few years the shipping sector has faced sluggish growth amid a global economic slowdown, but the Xiamen port, ranked 17th as a container port by the World Shipping Council, managed to increase international trunk shipping lines, with the founding of the Xiamen Container Terminal Group.
After its foundation in 2014, the Group expanded international trunk shipping lines to 94.
The group's Maritime Silk Road shipping routes grew from 14 in 2014 to 21 most recently, while the number of TEUs handled annually nearly doubled.
As the host of the 2017 BRICS Summit, Xiamen's trade and economic relations with BRICS countries including Russia, South Africa and India have become increasingly close, including in the shipping business. The routes linking Vladivostok in Russia, Durban and Cape Town in South Africa, and Mundra in India have been in operation for years and accumulated a loyal clientele, helping maintain sound business operations.
Xiamen port's quality of service is being increasingly recognized –– the Shanghai International Shipping Institute ranked it fourth among seafront container ports in China in 2016 for overall services, after Shanghai port, Ningbo Zhoushan port and Qingdao port, according to Fujian's Transportation Bureau.