The Port of Chiba is a special major port and one of Japan's largest seaports by volume and value of the freight that passes through the port. The Port of Chiba is expanding its role as a logistics port for containers, and it already handles great volumes of liquid natural gas, crude oil, and iron ore.
The Chiba Port and Harbour Office is the port authority for the Port of Chiba. The port's 133 kilometers of coastline extend over six cities from Ichikawa to Sodegaura. The Port of Chiba is mainly an industrial port, and almost all of its cargo is handled at industry-owned wharves. With further land reclamation, the Port of Chiba hopes to expand the role of the public wharves.
The Port of Chiba contains 11.6 kilometers of public wharves that contain 94 berths. Lighter wharves and facilities total 6.5 thousand meters distributed among many different wharves. The Port of Chiba prefecture maintains 398.8 thousand square meters of cargo-handling areas, 15 storage sheds covering 47.2 thousand square meters, and open storage areas of 365.5 thousand square meters. The Port of Chiba also operates a waste oil treatment plan and other facilities located in Ichihara City.
In the 2006 shipping season, the Port of Chiba's public wharves handled a total of 10.6 million tons of cargo carried on 15.1 thousand vessels. The public wharves in the Port of Chiba served 1403 foreign trade vessels carrying 3.7 million tons of cargo and 13.7 thousand domestic vessels carrying 6.9 million tons of cargo.