UNCTAD Shipping Data Indicates Increase in Global Trade

The number of ships pulling into ports has increased in the third quarter of 2020, according to new UNCTAD calculations, following a historic year-on-year fall of 27% in the second quarter and a dramatic slowdown globally. Government measures responding to the COVID-19 pandemic restricted economic activities and travel, and by mid-June, weekly container vessels port arrivals worldwide dropped to 8,722 - an 8.5% year-on-year drop, but have risen to 9,265 as of early August, just 3% below the levels of one year earlier.

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