Tangier Med this time is not ranked 1st in Africa. The port giant ranks second in the UNCTAD ranking of linerline connectivity, stopovers and turnaround times in the world’s container ports. The first continental place went to Port Said (Egypt) who scored 56.86 against 53.62 for Tangier Med. The ranking covers 900 ports, with African ports lagging behind.
“In Africa, both geographical and port reforms have become critical factors, and the best-connected countries in Africa are those in every corner of the country – Morocco, Egypt and South Africa,” notes UNCTAD, which also highlights the weak connectivity of West Africa “because it is not located at the crossroads of the main north-south or east-west navigation routes”. In the world, Chinese and Asian ports remain the best connected.
The port of Shanghai has a connectivity score of 134 points, followed by the ports of Singapore (124.63 points), Pusan (114.45 points) in Korea and Ningbo (114.35 points), also in China. 9 of the 20 best-connected ports in the world are Chinese.