An international shipping centre is an important port city with a range of key characteristics. These include excellent port facilities, advanced logistics systems and a key geopolitical location; it also has highly efficient shipping services as its core driver, as well as global shipping resources.
In 2014, China Economic Information Services, in collaboration with the Baltic Exchange, introduced the first "Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index" to the industry. Since its inception six years ago, it has been gaining international influence.
Impacted by a changing political and economic landscape, the international shipping industry has been undergoing subtle changes in the last couple of years.
Emerging business models, such as intelligent ports, green ports and port district integration, will bring new influences to the development of shipping centres globally.
Under scrutiny from industry experts around the world, the research team has taken into account feedback from the global community over the years to further improve the model and index hierarchy. This year’s report includes deeper regional research and offers a summary of the development characteristics of major shipping routes and regions. It also explores topics such as bay area economy, intelligent ports, the Polar Silk Road, and green shipping concepts.
In addition to data, the editorial team has also conducted an in-depth quantitative analysis of the development of international shipping centres globally to bring new perspectives to traditional concepts.
Note: The report has been uploaded to Xinhua Silk Road Database.