Recent trends in containerized trade have led to the
importance of measuring the performance of container ports.
In Malaysia, container ports are mostly situated along the
Straits of Malacca, one of the most important shipping lanes
in the world. Two of its ports, Port Klang and Port of
Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) are ranked amongst the top 20
container ports in the world. In particular, PTP is ranked 16
in 2004, even though it is just a young port which started its
operations in October 1999. This paper aims to
quantitatively measure the productivity of Malaysian
container ports. A cross-sectional performance measurement
is carried out, using a DEA approach. To further assess the
productivity of the ports over time, a set of panel data is
analyzed. In order to compare the productivity of the
Malaysian ports with world standards, Port of Singapore is
added as a reference.