Shanghai has been ranked the mainland's busiest container port, recording 38 per cent growth to 3.45 million teu (20 ft equivalent units) between January and October, compared with the same period last year. Shenzhen port - grouping Yantian, Shekou and Chiwan - came in second in the period, with 55 per cent growth to 2.45 million teu, a Japanese news report said. Qingdao port was third with 28.1 per cent growth to 1.24 million teu and Tianjin port fourth with 30.7 per cent growth to 1.07 million teu. Guangzhou came in fifth with 905,000 teu, Xiamen sixth with 693,000 teu, and Dalian seventh with 578,000 teu. Although Ningbo port handled only 471,000 teu, its throughput represented 60.6 per cent growth in the first 10 months of the year, compared with the same period last year. Zhongshan handled 341,000 teu while Fuzhou handled 262 million teu. The statistics show mainland ports are creeping up on regional neighbours. An analyst said throughput at China's main ports would surge when the mainland was admitted to the World Trade Organisation. As tariffs and restrictions were lifted, more exports were expected which would boost container throughput, he said. Hong Kong would benefit because raw-material imports for production facilities in the mainland were expected to come through Kwai Chung terminals.