Source: UNCTAD, Review of Maritime Transport.
Containerized Cargo Flows along Major Trade Routes, 2012
Global containerized flows are characterized by
mainly linked with a disconnect between the manufacturing of mass consumption
goods of export-oriented economies and large consumption markets such
as North America and Europe. These imbalances are commonly of a
factor of 2 to 1 in favor of Asia. The Asian trade segment is the one that has experienced
the fastest growth while transatlantic containerized trade between Europe
and North America has become comparatively a low volume market.