The second phase of Nansha Port. [Photo / Wang Xiaoke]
Recently, Guangdong had announced its implementation plan for "One Belt One Road" (OBOR) Initiative to develop into a strategic hub in future. It is also correspond with one of Guangdong Free Trade Zone (GD FTZ)'s strategic positioning -- to become a crucial hub in the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Nansha Port is regarded as the most potential port in GD to link OBOR countries in future.
Guangzhou port consists of the inner harbor, Huangpu Port, Xinsha Port, and Nansha Port. In 2014, the throughput of Guangzhou Port achieved 500 million tons, and its volume of containers exceeded 16,626 million TEU. The overall throughput and container volume of Guangzhou Port thus respectively ranked the 4th, 5th in China and the 5th, 8th in the world.
As an essential part of Guangzhou Port, Nansha Port was developed from the previous 4 deep-water berths in 2004. After one-decade development, it becomes a large port with 26 deep-water and increases 150 million port capacity.
At present, Nansha Port has basically formed an industrial layout of container, automobile, food and petrochemical, with 50 berths in total (28 ten thousand-ton berths, 22 fifty thousand-ton berth). It is said that Nansha Port has become a port with the highest level of modernization, the most capacity and largest scale under Guangzhou Port Group.
According to the Zhang Benhua, the deputy director of the Administration Committee of FTZ Nansha Area, Guangzhou Port Group currently has 93 routes in total (including 52 foreign trade routes, 7 European routes in different directions, 6 American routes, 16 Southeast Asian routes, 16 African routes, 6 Middle East routes and 1 Australian route).
A lifting machine is to carry the containers on Nansha Port [Photo/Will]
During January-May of 2015, Guangdong's foreign trade has suffered decreases, especially trade with European and American countries. However, Guangdong's trade with some emerging countries (most from OBOR countries) is blooming. This current situation is agreed by Song Xiaoming, vice general Manager of Guangzhou Port Company.
Song proved that after the operation of GD FTZ, the export situation is turning well, especially for the daily consumer products. Now at the second phase of Nansha Port (for import and export), people can see a large amount of containers waiting for upload onto the ship for export. Song also said that Nansha Port has already set up 7 routes to serve for foreign trade with OBOR countries.