Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam. The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the South China Sea and 1,760 kilometers (1,094 miles) south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Saigon Port is a network of ports in Ho Chi Minh City, the port name deriving from the former name of the city. Saigon Port has played an important role in foundation and development of Saigon as the city was established to an important export-import base for French colonists during French Indochina.
Today, this port network is the hub for export-import of goods in south Vietnam - the economic hub of the nation, which accounts for more than two-thirds of Vietnam's economy. In 2006, Saigon Port handled more than 35 metric tonnes of cargo, of which, there were 1.5 million TEU of containers.