The Seasonality of Container Port Activity

Average Monthly Container Traffic Share Selected Ports 2005 2022

The monthly distribution of the traffic of a sample of major container ports, which includes gateways and transshipment hubs, reveals noticeable fluctuations. January and February are the periods of lowest activity (8.0 and 7.3% of annual traffic activity, respectively), while August to October experience the highest throughput. In addition to the complexity of anticipating future traffic, port capacity planning also faces fluctuations associated with seasonal processes such as consumption and manufacturing cycles.

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