Review of Maritime Transport 2019

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This report provides a concise update of key data relating to the maritime transport sector, spanning demand and supply, performance, as well as transversal issues ranging from regulatory and legal developments affecting maritime transport and technological developments/innovation, with the theme being “Sustainable Shipping”. 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 provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistical information.



Executive summary

Reflecting developments in the world economy and trade activity, international maritime trade lost momentum in 2018. Volumes expanded at 2.7 per cent in 2018, down from 4.1 per cent in 2017. The slowdown was broad- based and affected nearly all maritime cargo segments. It undermined global port cargo-handling activities, and growth in containerized global port throughput decelerated to 4.7 per cent, down from 6.7 per cent in 2017.


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