Press Release

Incheon Port surpassed 3million TEU

2018.01.05. 1007

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Incheon Port surpassed 3 million TEU that it has processed over 1 year. 3 million TEU refers to 300 million container volume of 6.1m container box (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) and if the containers are connected in a line, it is equal to a distance of 24 route trips between Seoul and Busan (380).

○ Incheon Port Authority (, CEO Nam Bong Hyeon) held the “Commemoration Event for achieving 3 million TEU” in the Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel located in Yeonsu-gu, Incheon at 10:30 on the morning of the 27th and declared a new journey towards becoming the Top 30 Global Port handling millions of TEU until 2025. 


Business performance of container in Incheon Port per year

(Unit: TEU, %)







Container volume

2.33 million

2.37 million

2.68 million

3.04 million 3.05 million (prospect)

Increase rate of container volume




13.5% (expected)

No. of sea route






Incheon Port’s 3 million TEU is a record achieved in 12 years after achieving 1 million TEU (2005) and in 4 years after achieving 2 million TEU (2013) and based on the 2016 performance, it is the best performance and accomplishment in history, putting it in 47th place out of the global container ports. 


Such container volume was handled with 49 sea routes. 49 sea routes is almost two folds from 2005 when Incheon Port Authority (IPA) was established with 26 sea routes, signifying that the services provided by Incheon Port has become diversified and the network has expanded, ultimately leading to the increase in the container volume.  


○ In addition, besides the container volume, the impact of Incheon Port on the regional economy is significant. The proportion of comprehensive port logistics industry out of Incheon region’s gross national product is 33.8% and 6.4 jobs are generated per 10,000 TEU so achieving 3 million TEU in 2017 equals to incurring employment of 1,920 people.  


○ As part of the commemoration initiative of Incheon Port’s achievement of 3 million TEU, “Incheon Port Family’s One Heart Joint Declaration Ceremony” was held to remind how the increase in container volume leads to the generation of employment and to uphold this value.


○ Along with the relevant institutes, companies and groups, it resolved to jointly make the effort to increase high quality employment through increase of container volume by actively participating in the government’s policy on creating better jobs. The signing parties of the agreement include Incheon Port Authority as well as Incheon Metropolitan City, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Incheon Shipping Labor Union, Incheon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incheon Port Development Council, Korea Shipowners’ Association’s Incheon District Council, Incheon Port Logistics Association, Incheon Metropolitan City’s Trucking Association, Incheon Port Harbor Pilots, IFA, Incheon Metropolitan City’s Logistics Storage Association, taking part in the meaningful joint declaration ceremony. 


○ Based on such achievements, IPA has set the target to become the ‘World’s Top 30 Ports’ handling container volume of 4 million TEU annually until 2025 and plans to sail the sea route through infrastructure development, serve improvement and proactive marketing activities. 


○ Nam Bong Hyeon, CEO of IPA stated that “we will sail more powerfully in order to achieve the 2020 target of 3.5 million TEU through continuous marketing on container volume and attracting sea routes without being satisfied with the present, will actively take part in the policy for generating better jobs and will try harder to work with the relevant companies and groups to increase high quality jobs” and sought for “a lot of interest and use with regards to Incheon Port”. 


○ Meanwhile, over 150 people including Kang Jun Seok, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Yoo Jeong Bok, the Mayor of Incheon City, Choi Joon Wook, the Administrator of Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries as well as shipowners, forwarders and officials from the relevant institutes were present.