Suzhou Port

Suzhou Port (Chinese:苏州港) located in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, is at the mouth of the Yangtze River to the East China Sea. It is the largest river port in the world.

Suzhou Port consists of 3 ports, they are Zhangjiagang Port, Changshu Port and Taicang Port.

The total cargo throughput in 2018 was 574 million tons. As of 2018, it is the world’s busiest inland river port based on annual freight and container volume.

Most of the port trade is in construction materials such as coal, ore, steel and cement.

Suzhou Port
Suzhou Port


  • In 1968, Zhangjiagang Port Area was established.
  • In 1982, Zhangjiagang Port Area was approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China as a first-class port opened to foreign ships.
  • In 1992, Taicang Port Area was developed and constructed; in August of the same year, Changshu Port Area started construction.
  • In November 1993, the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province approved the Taicang Port Development Zone as a provincial-level port development zone.
  • In 1996, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China approved the opening of Changshu Port Area to foreign ships.
  • In 2002, the former Zhangjiagang Port, Changshu Port and Taicang Port were integrated into Suzhou Port.
  • In 2017, Suzhou Port completed a cargo throughput of 605 million tons, and the port throughput exceeded the 600 million tons mark, an increase of 4.35% year-on-year.
  • In 2018, the total cargo throughput of Suzhou Port was 574 million tons, which was less than 2017.
Containers in Suzhou Port
Containers in Suzhou Port

Hardware facilities

Loading and unloading

As of 2014, the Zhangjiagang Port District of Suzhou Port has more than 430 lifting, conveying, handling and special handling equipment, with a maximum lifting capacity of 50 tons and a warehouse area of 700,000 square meters.

As of 2018, the Taicang Port of Suzhou Port is equipped with 800-ton mast cranes, the largest shore-side lifting equipment at the Yangtze River Port; nearly 100 truck vehicles and 7 tugboats with 2,600 to 5,000 horsepower.

Port of Taicang
Port of Taicang


As of 2011, Suzhou Port has developed and utilized about 60 kilometers of the port shoreline on the Yangtze River, and built 224 various types of production terminal berths, including 106 berths above 10,000 tons, forming a design throughput capacity of 210 million tons.

As of 2014, 72 berths have been built in the Taicang Port Area of Suzhou Port, including 34 berths over 10,000 tons, 10 container berths, 16 general cargo berths, 17 liquid chemical berths, 23 dry bulk berths, and other berths. 6 with a designed throughput capacity of 125 million tons and 4.35 million TEUs.

As of 2015, Suzhou Port Zhangjiagang Port District has 16 10,000-ton berths, 12 Jiangxin pontoons, more than 300 large-scale loading and unloading equipment, which can dock 100,000-ton ships and 26 10,000-ton ships at the same time. .

Freighter in Suzhou Port
Freighter in Suzhou Port


As of 2015, the main channel of the Yangtze River with a water depth of 12.5 meters in the Changshu Port of Suzhou Port has been extended to Changshu Port; the construction of the Changshu Port’s approach channel (16.5 kilometers long, 8 meters deep, and about 250 meters wide) has basically been completed.


Suzhou City has 139.9 kilometers of the Yangtze River coastline, including 38.8 kilometers in Taicang Port Area, 37.5 kilometers in Changshu Port Area, and 63.6 kilometers in Zhangjiagang Port Area. Among all the Yangtze River coastlines, 61.7 kilometers can be used for port development. Among them, Taicang Port Area is 20.2 kilometers away, Changshu Port Area is 8.5 kilometers away, and Zhangjiagang Port Area is 33 kilometers away.

Taicang port
Taicang port

Suzhou Port Data

East Asia
In use
Official name
Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
Jiangsu Suzhou Port Group Co., Ltd.
Sea area
Yangtze close to East China Sea
Port type
Deepwater port, Riverport
Smart port, Natural port, Artificial port
Annual container volume
5.9 million TEU (2017)
Annual cargo tonnage
574 million tons (2018)

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