Transport Infrastructure and Services

Transport infrastructure and services, including shipping, ports, roads and railways are essential for global merchandise trade and related supply chains.

In accordance with its mandate, UNCTAD is carrying out work to help developing countries improve their transport systems and ensure better access to worldwide markets.

In its intervention, UNCTAD is increasingly adopting a wider and multifaceted perspective that crosses modes and dimensions to better reflect the fast evolving trends that shape trade patterns and define the operating landscape of the transportation sector.

When undertaking research and analytical work, consensus building activities as well as technical assistance and capacity building initiatives, particular focus is put on building the regulatory and institutional capacities, developing and strengthening policies and promoting technical skills and expertise.

Transport Infrastructure and Services  


Key issues addressed and areas of intervention include:

  • Freight transport economics with particular coverage of maritime transport, including trends and developments in inter alia, world merchandise trade, shipping, seaborne trade, port-related issues, transport costs, freight rates, as well as maritime transport connectivity and access
  • Promoting efficient transport networks and transport corridor development
  • Transport and logistics of the landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and the small island developing states (SIDS), multimodal and transit transport
  • Enabling sustainable freight transport systems, including through carbon emission reduction in freight transport, improved transport connectivity and transition towards energy efficient, clean, and environmentally friendly freight transport systems
  • Financing sustainable freight transport systems


Select relevant outputs include:

  • Review of Maritime Transport
  • Technical reports on the transport and logistics of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and the small island developing states (SIDS)
  • Consensus-building activities, including in particular Expert Meetings on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation on relevant themes such as LLDCs, transit transport, SIDS and Sustainable Freight Transport
  • Technical assistance programmes and partnerships
  • Advisory services as well as capacity-building and training activities

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25 September 2016World Maritime Day 2016
22 July 2016Sustainable Freight Transportation for Agenda 2030 discussed at UNCTAD14
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12 February 2016Germany to finance an UNCTAD project on transparent trade procedures in West Africa
21 December 2015UNCTAD and TradeMark East Africa sign financing agreement to support trade portals, trade facilitation and trade and gender issues in the East African Community
05 November 2015Civil society: UNCTAD has a role to play in mainstreaming sustainability criteria into freight transport systems
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 Meetings and Events


 Documents and Publications

ASYCUDA Newsletter, June 2016 (UNCTAD/WEB/DTL/ASYCUDA/2016/1)
ASYCUDA Newsletter, June/July 2015 (UNCTAD/WEB/DTL/ASYCUDA/2015/1)
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 Statements and Presentations

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