Freight Transport Economics

Freight transport economics spans a broad range of areas which are of relevance to UNCTAD's work in the field of transport and trade logistics. Key issues covered as part of this work, include demand and supply, markets (e.g. freight and charter), transport costs, connectivity, infrastructure (e.g. ports), as well as logistics. Cross-cutting issues of relevance include privatization, infrastructure management, technology, energy and transport-related externalities.

With maritime transport being the backbone of international trade and globalization, particular attention is paid to the maritime transport sector. Bearing in mind the special needs of the small island developing States and the landlocked developing countries as well as the ever growing demand for door-to-door transport, the issues of multimodal transport, transit transport and transport facilitation are also key areas of relevance.





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