Ports are important gateways for China's domestic and foreign trade. According to the Report on China's Shipping Development 2010 by China's Ministry of Transport, 12 of the top 20 ports in the world are on the Chinse mainland. The following are the top 10 based on their cargo handling capacities.
Rizhao Port (日照港)
Rizhao Port is located in the middle of China's 18,000-kilometer-long continental coastline, facing the Yellow Sea. Put into operation in 1986, the port mainly handles coal, minerals, crude oil, grain, steel, wood, cement, alumina, liquefied chemical products, coke and containers. In 2010, Rizhao Port handled 180 million tons of cargo. It has established trading and shipping links with ports in more than 100 countries and regions.