Review of Maritime Transport 2018

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The Review of Maritime Transport is an UNCTAD flagship publication, published annually since 1968 with 2018 marking the 50 year anniversary. Around 80 per cent of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries. The Review of Maritime Transport provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistical information.

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In 2017, global port activity and cargo handling of containerized and bulk cargo expanded rapidly, following two years of weak performance. This expansion was in line with positive trends in the world economy and seaborne trade. Global container terminals boasted an increase in volume of about 6 per cent during the year, up from 2.1 per cent in 2016. World container port throughput stood at 752 million TEUs, reflecting an additional 42.3 million TEUs in 2017, an amount comparable to the port throughput of Shanghai, the world’s busiest port.

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