Review of Maritime Transport 2010

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More than 80 per cent of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and an even higher percentage of developing-country trade is carried in ships. This annual publication is an important source of information on this vital sector. It closely monitors developments affecting world seaborne trade, freight rates, ports, surface transport, and logistics services, as well as trends in ship ownership and control and fleet age, tonnage supply, and productivity. The Review contains a chapter on legal and regulatory developments and each year includes a chapter highlighting a different region. In 2010, the focus is on Asia and the Pacific.

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Port and multimodal transport developments

World container port throughput declined by an estimated 9.7 per cent to 465.7 million TEUs in 2009. Chinese mainland ports accounted for approximately 23.3 per cent of the total world container port throughput. UNCTAD’s Liner Shipping Connectivity Index revealed that between 2004 and 2009, the ranking of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) improved by 3 points. The LDCs’ average ranking in 2009 was 109, compared to 76 for other developing countries and 68 for developed countries. In 2009, there were 15 LDCs that had only one to four service providers. This was almost a doubling compared to 2004, when there were only 8 LDCs with only one to four service providers.

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