Review of Maritime Transport 2007

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The 2007 review identifies the main developments in world maritime transport and provides relevant statistical data. It focuses on developments concerning maritime activities in developing countries as compared with other groups of countries. It highlights the correlation between the development of global trade and maritime transport activities in general with particular attention given to regional developments in Asia.

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Port and multimodal transport developments

This chapter covers container port throughput for developing countries, improvements in port performance, institutional change, port development and inland transportation. World container port throughput grew by 13.4 per cent to reach an estimated 440 million TEUs in 2006 after stumbling slightly in 2005 with 8.7 per cent growth after a gain of 12.8 per cent in 2004. Freight traffic on inland waterways increased most significantly in China. Also in China, rail freight traffic grew by 11 per cent, in India by 8.0 per cent, in Europe by 4.9 per, in the United States by 3 per cent and in Japan by 1.3 per cent. The global road transport market is estimated to have grown by 4.5 per cent in 2006.

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