Prominent container zone
Since the early 1980s global seaborne trade has grown on average at around 3% per annum with growth accelerating from the turn of the millennium.
World seaborne container trade is possibly the most vivid illustration of globalised trade flows. It is the main mode of transporting general cargo in all basins apart from a few exceptions, one of which is the Baltic Sea region. Although for various reasons, the main regional mode of carrying general cargo by sea is by ro-ro/sto-ro vessels, the container sector is becoming ever more prominent and changes taking place globally have the potential to impact this region and its ports that traditionally have not been “container-centric”.