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Review of Maritime Transport 2012

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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. The Review of Maritime Transport, an annual publication prepared by the Division on Technology and Logistics of the UNCTAD secretariat, is an important source of information on a 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 control and fleet age, tonnage supply and productivity. The review contains information on legal and regulatory developments and includes an in-depth focus annually on a selected topic.

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Port developments

World container port throughput increased by an estimated 5.9 per cent to 572.8 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2011, its highest level ever. This increase was lower than the 14.5 per cent increase of 2010 that was itself a sharp rebound from the slump of 2009. Chinese mainland ports maintained their share of total world container port throughput at 24.2 per cent.

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