Handbook of International Trade and Transportation
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Handbook of International Trade and Transportation

Edited by Bruce A. Blonigen and Wesley W. Wilson

International trade has grown rapidly over the past half century, accommodated by the transportation industry through concomitant growth and technological change. But while the connection between transport and trade flows is clear, the academic literature often looks at these two issues separately. This Handbook is unique in pulling together the key insights of each field while highlighting what we know about their intersection and ideas for future research in this relatively unexamined but growing area of study.
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Chapter 13: Trade logistics and seaborne transportation

Wayne K. Talley and Sara Russell Riggs


Trade economists have investigated the international trade between countries but not the transportation service provided for the trade between countries. The latter, however, can be investigated by using UNCTAD’s data on seaborne trade, i.e., merchandise international trade that is transported by ship from a seaport in country A to a seaport in country B. The world’s tonnage of seaborne trade is equivalent to 80 percent of the world’s tonnage of merchandise international trade. In addition to transportation service, other logistics services provided for seaborne trade include commercial documentation, document transmission, global trade management system submission, partner government agency adherence service and free trade agreement adherence service.

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