The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2022

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The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2022
Maritime transport in the current context: Navigating stormy waters

Geneva, Switzerland, 24 November 2022

UNCTAD will publish the Review of Maritime Transport 2022 on 29 November. Maritime trade is going through a historic moment of crisis and disruption. The report will answer the following questions: How has trade recovery unfolded in the past year? What are the implications of supply chain disruptions for shipping rates, port performance and maritime services’ supply? What scenarios and challenges could lie ahead? How could we prepare to brave the rough seas of crisis in the future?

Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy, with over 80% of the volume of international trade in goods carried by sea.

The report series has been providing an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistics from maritime trade and transport since 1968.



UNCTAD is the UN’s leading institution dealing with trade and development. It is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964.

UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat and has a membership of 195 countries, one of the largest in the UN system. UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively.

We provide economic and trade analysis, facilitate consensus-building and offer technical assistance to help developing countries use trade, investment, finance and technology for inclusive and sustainable development.


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After the lifting of the embargo, documents related to the report will be available on the main UNCTAD website.

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