Review of Maritime Transport 2014

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As in previous issues since 1968, the 2014 Review of Maritime Transport contains a wealth of analysis and unique data. The Review is the renowned United Nations source of statistics and analysis on seaborne trade, the world fleet, freight costs, port traffic and the latest trends in the legal and regulatory environment for international maritime transport. This year’s Review includes a special chapter on maritime transport challenges for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), covering issues such as the impact of climate change, port investment, shipping connectivity and transport costs.

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Freight rates and maritime transport costs

This chapter covers the development of freight rates and maritime transport costs. Section A encompasses some relevant developments in maritime freight rates in various market segments, namely containerized trade, and liquid-bulk and dry-bulk shipping in 2013 and early 2014. It highlights significant events leading to major price fluctuations, discusses recent industry trends and gives a selective outlook on future developments of freight markets.

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