World Container Trade 2010

Global Container Trade 1990-2011 (TEUs and annual percentage change)
Global Container Trade 1990-2011 (TEUs and annual percentage change) | Source

Container Trade

Containerized cargo made 56 per cent of all dry cargoes (2.4 billion tons) transported in 2010. Containerized cargo is the fastest growing segment of maritime trade that has been expanding at an average rate of 8.2 per cent over the last 20 years.

In 2009 global container trade volumes fell for the first time in the history of containerization.

In 2010 global container trade experienced robust recovery and volumes bounced back at 12.9 per cent over 2009, and reached 140 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units).

Growth in volumes was once again propelled by Asian countries.

Global container cargo flows are usually divided into three main categories: East-West, North-South and Intraregional. East-West trade consists of Transpacific, Transatlantic and Europe-Asia trade.

Estimated cargo flows on major East-West container trade routes, 1995-2009 (TEUs)

Estimated cargo flows on major East-West container trade routes, 1995-2009 (TEUs)
Estimated cargo flows on major East-West container trade routes, 1995-2009 (TEUs) | Source

Estimated cargo flows on major East–West container trade routes, 2008 –2010 (millions of TEUs and percentage change)

 
Transpacific
Europe - Asia
Transatlantic
2008
20.3
18.7
6.6
2009
19.0
17.0
5.3
2010
22.9
19.1
6.0
% CHANGE 2009-2010
21%
12%
13%
Source: UNCTAD.org Estimated cargo flows on major East–West container trade routes, 2008 –2010 (millions of TEUs and percentage change)

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