Type
Overviews and Activity Reports
Author
Organization
UNCTAD
Published in
2020
Submitted by
IRF
Related theme(s)
COVID-19, Trade & Transport
Region
All Regions
Country
All Countries

Review of Maritime Transport 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has underscored the global interdependency of nations and set in motion new trends that will reshape the maritime transport landscape. The sector is at a pivotal moment facing not only immediate concerns resulting from the pandemic but also longer-term considerations, ranging from shifts in supply-chain design and globalization patterns to changes in consumption and spending habits, a growing focus on risk assessment and resilience-building, as well as a heightened global sustainability and low-carbon agenda. The sector is also dealing with the knock-on effects of growing trade protectionism and inward-looking policies. The pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of maritime transport as an essential sector for the continued delivery of critical supplies and global trade in time of crisis, during the recovery stage and when resuming normality. Many, including UNCTAD and other international bodies, issued recommendations and guidance emphasizing the need to ensure business continuity in the sector, while protecting port workers and seafarers from the pandemic. They underscored the need for ships to meet international requirements, including sanitary restrictions, and for ports to remain open for shipping and intermodal transport operations. (...)

 

The article is available on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) website and by clicking the link below:
https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/rmt2020_en.pdf