Every day, containers of consumer goods and raw materials are hauled on trucks and trains, stacked by the thousands onto freighters and ferried on ships from port to port across the globe. This interactive map features clickable markers for the world's 50 largest ports, which link six continents through countless shipping routes, ranked by size. The thicker the shipping route, the larger its role in global trade.
The port summaries include data on the volume of TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units, based on a standard shipping container) each port sees annually. To get a true sense of each port's size, browse the landscape via the embedded satellite maps.