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Over the last decade, the average LSCI has increased in most countries
Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI) measures a country's integration into global liner shipping networks. The latest data shows that, thanks to larger ships and more container carrying capacity deployed from and to the world's ports, the average LSCI in most countries has increased over the last decade. Since 2004, 120 countries recorded an improved LSCI, while it went down in 39 countries.
On the West coast of South and Central America, Panama is best connected to the global liner shipping network, largely thanks to its canal. On South America's East coast, Brazil has the highest LSCI, closely followed by Argentina and Uruguay. In West Africa, Nigeria has seen the highest growth of its LSCI, mostly fuelled by growing demand for imports. In general, the LSCI of the West African countries move largely in parallel In Eastern Africa, Djibouti has overtaken its neighbors and become an important trans-shipment centre, connecting East West services with feeder services from Eastern and Southern Africa.
Liner Shipping Connectivity Index, selected countries, 2004-2013
Published: 1 July 2013
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