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

Contact the Transport Section: transport.section@unctad.org

 

 News

 
RMT 2017
25 October 2017Shipping industry still weighed down by overcapacity
Cooperation
24 January 2017"Make trade facilitation a reality" - Officials meet at the first UNCTAD-hosted forum to prepare for new global trade facilitation agreement
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17 January 2017New Multilingual Online Repository for National Trade Facilitation Committees Launched
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10 November 2016Shipping needs to be more efficient -- Q&A with Dirk Vande Velde, Mediterranean Shipping Company's Chief Sustainable Development Officer
Review of Maritime Transport
07 November 2016Seaborne shipping grows at slowest pace since 2009, future remains uncertain
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 Documents and Publications

 
ASYCUDA Newsletter, June 2016 (UNCTAD/WEB/DTL/ASYCUDA/2016/1)
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