Located near the southern tip of South Korea, the city of Busan is the second largest city in the country after the capital city of Seoul located in the north. Throughout history the city and port of Busan has been a stable stronghold for the Korean economy. In the late 1800’s the port was established as the first international port in Korea and was a major hub for international shipping between Korea and Japan. Even during the Korean War, the city was able to maintain its independence and served as a temporary capital for the country. Today in modern times, the city continues to grow and hold its economic importance to the country of South Korea. In order to better maintain the growth of the port, the government instated the Port Authority Act, which handed over the management of BusanPort to the Busan Port Authority (BPA) at the beginning of 2004.
Today, the Republic of Korea is the United States seventh (7th) largest trading partner in the world. Each year millions of dollars worth of cargo is shipped to the ports of Busan and Incheon, Korea. The port of Busan is the major container port for Korea with international high heavy shipments arriving in 20′ and 40′ containers. The port of Busan receives several containers filled with new and used industrial, electrical and steel making machinery. The United States holds several military bases in Korea, thus leading to well-established international car shipping services between USA ports and Korea.
Some notable features of the port of Busan (Pusan), South Korea:
- The port of Busan handles 80% of South Korea’s container cargo
- The port of Busan is the fifth (5th) busiest seaport in the world and the largest transshipment port in northeast Asia
- Although the port of Busan is the largest port in Korea, it handles mostly container cargo. The ports of Inchon (Incheon) and Pyongtaek handle international automobile shipments. The closest roll-on / roll-off port to Busan is located in the city of Masan which is approximately 35 km to the west.
- The Busan Port Authority (BPA) has been undergoing massive port expansion projects for the Busan New Port. The second and third phase of the project began in 2012.
- The port of Busan is made up of four ports – NorthPort, GamcheonPort, DadaepoPort and SouthPort which consists of 6 container terminals and 1 passenger terminal.
For more information about shipping to the port of Busan (Pusan), South Korea please visit the Busan Port Authority webpage. To receive international car shipping, container, construction equipment, high heavy, machinery and construction equipment shipping quotes from the USA to South Korea visit our rates request pages.