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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development  (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body. It is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment, and development issues. The organization's goals are to "maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis."

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    • December 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 25 January, 2019
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      Data cited at: "UNCTAD, Report-FREIGHT RATES AND MARITIME TRANSPORT COSTS" The container freight market improved considerably, following a difficult market environment in 2016. Global container demand grew at 6.4 per cent in 2017, taking total volumes to an estimated 148 million TEUs. The strong development in global container shipping demand in 2017 reflects a fundamental improvement in the global economic environment. Demand growth was particularly high in the first three quarters of the year, although it slowed down in the last quarter. UNCTAD projects global containerized trade to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.4 per cent in 2018 supported by the positive economic trends. In the product tanker sector, market conditions remained fairly steady at relatively weak levels. Supply continued to grow at a rate of 4.2 per cent in 2017. Meanwhile, volumes of refined petroleum products and gas increased by 3.9 per cent, supported by firm intra-Asian products trade and robust growth in Latin American imports. The cumulative effect of supply growth in recent years continued to depress earnings. Product tanker rates, which dropped sharply in 2016, remained at low but stable levels throughout 2017. A one-year time charter on a medium-range 2 tanker fluctuated between $12,500 and $14,500 per day.As a result of poor market conditions, scrapping increased in the tanker sector and contributed about 11.2 million dwt in 2017, which is four times higher than 2016, when only about 2.5 million dwt were demolished. This high level of demolition also continued into 2018.In 2018, tanker trade volumes are projected to increase, although at a slightly slower pace than other market segments. However, oversupply capacity should be effectively managed to improve market balance and freight rates.
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    • October 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 21 January, 2019
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      The dataset presents the liner shipping bilateral connectivity index (LSBCI), which indicates a country pair's integration level into global liner shipping networks. The LSBCI is an extension of UNCTAD’s country-level Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI) and based on a proper bilateralization transformation.  
    • October 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 31 January, 2019
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      The dataset presents the liner shipping connectivity index (LSCI), which indicates a country's integration level into global liner shipping networks. The index base year is 2004, and the base value is on a country showing a maximum figure for 2004.
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    • July 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 31 January, 2019
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      The dataset provides information on the ownership of the merchant fleet for all countries. "Ownership” refers to “Beneficial Ownership Location”: it indicates the economy in which the company that has the main commercial responsibility for the vessel is located. The economy of beneficial ownership may be different from the country in which the vessel is registered.
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    • June 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 31 January, 2019
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      The dataset shows estimates of the merchant fleet demolished between 1 January and 31 December of a given year.Data are presented in gross tonnage (GT) and refer to the indicated year. The figures cover seagoing propelled merchant ships of 100 gross tons (GT) and above, excluding inland waterway vessels, fishing vessels, military vessels, yachts, and offshore fixed and mobile platforms and barges (with the exception of FPSOs and drillships).
    • June 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 21 January, 2019
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      The dataset shows data on the merchant fleet built between 1 January and 31 December of a given year. The data are presented in gross tonnage (GT) and refer to the indicated year. The figures cover seagoing propelled merchant ships of 100 gross tons (GT) and above, excluding inland waterway vessels, fishing vessels, military vessels, yachts, and offshore fixed and mobile platforms and barges (with the exception of FPSOs and drillships).
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    • August 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 21 January, 2019
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      The dataset shows data on the world seaborne trade by types of cargo and by group of economies. Data are presented in millions of metric tons.The data for 2006 onwards have been revised and updated to reflect improved reporting, including more recent figures and better information regarding the breakdown by cargo type. Figures for 2017 are estimates based on preliminary data or on the last year for which data were available.
    • August 2018
      Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
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      Accessed On: 31 January, 2019
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      The dataset presents the total number of containers handled by a port, per country, expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). A TEU represents the volume of a standard 20 feet long intermodal container used for loading, unloading, repositioning and transshipment. A 40-foot intermodal container is counted as two TEUs. Maritime Transport Indicators: Container Port Throughput, Annual, 2010-2017

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