Transport, logistics and trade facilitation

We support countries in implementing sustainable and resilient freight transportation and logistics services to enhance trade.

Review of Maritime Transport


The Review of Maritime Transport has been published annually since 1968. This flagship report provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistics.

Over 80% of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries.



E-learning for NTFCs

e-learning platform for national trade facilitation committees

The Weekly Tradecast

In this episode of the Weekly Tradecast, Jan Hoffman, head of UNCTAD's trade logistics branch, talks about how the war in Ukraine has compounded severe strains on global supply chains from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 80% of goods move by sea. Space on ships is tight and the cost to transport a container has soared. Now, with the war in Ukraine, prices are rising for almost everything we consume.

Jan helps us navigate the uncertainties around maritime trade and recommends some solutions.


Transport and trade facilitation newsletter

Transport Newsletter

The UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter is a quarterly bulletin on current topics and projects in trade facilitation and international transport.

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Transport and Trade Facilitation


The Series includes analytical reports on a wide range of issues in the areas of trade facilitation, international transport, and logistics. It complements the annual Review of Maritime Transport, and the quarterly Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter.

Topics covered in recent years include digitalization of logistics, national trade facilitation committees, shipping, climate change adaptation, road safety, port performance, cabotage, transit, and the relationship between trade facilitation and development.


e-Handbook of Statistics

eHandbook of Statistics


The UNCTAD e-Handbook of Statistics presents a summary of world seaborne trade, merchant fleet statistics and other maritime transport indicators.