COVID-19 Impact on maritime trade and port calls

Any disruption to global maritime transportation networks can have far-reaching implications for a highly globalized world economy. When crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic arise, allowing continued port access to commercial ships ensures that the world continues to function with maritime trade persistently delivering the world’s food, energy, and raw materials, as well as manufactured goods and components – including vital medical supplies. However, with the pandemic having spread in a sequenced manner across regions, keeping maritime transport moving and trade flowing during the disruption has been challenging. The following section examines the immediate impacts of the pandemic and related disruptions on maritime trade flows and port calls, with a focus on developing countries and SIDS.

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