The Port of Lisbon has a privileged location, close to the  largest consumer centre in Portugal (Região de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo) and its main economic region, thus being a vital infrastructure for the Portuguese economy.

Container traffic is therefore of particular relevance to the Lisbon Region, offering regular services to the European, American and African markets, both deepsea (direct services) and shortsea and feedering, provided by the main container shipping lines. It is also the main port for regular connections with the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira.

With three terminals specialising in this market segment and an overall capacity of around 1.2 million TEU, the Port of Lisbon is thus one of the main national references in the containerised cargo segment, with a hinterland which extends to Spanish territory.