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- Containership deployment (and deployment per capita). Concerns the number of ships that are calling the ports of a country. These calls can either involve imports, exports or transshipment activities. In the case of a high level of transshipment calls, the number of ship calls can be somewhat misleading as those calls are not related to the connectivity of the country to the global trade system, but the presence of a transshipment hub. Still, the maritime services remain available for importers and exporters. This figure is also normalized per capita since countries with larger populations are likely to get more calls than countries with smaller populations.
- Container carrying capacity (and capacity per capita). The previous measure is mainly linked with frequency of service while adding the total capacity of these services enables to link port calls with the related physical capacity. The higher the capacity, the greater the potential to trade on global markets. However, it does not necessarily mean that the capacity is available for imports or exports. Again, this figure is also normalized per capita.
- Number of shipping companies, liner services and vessels per company. Relates to how many shipping companies are servicing the country as well as how many scheduled services they are using to support this coverage.
- Average and maximum vessel size. Is a proxy to the available economies of scale since they convey lower shipping costs per TEU. A limited number of countries / ports is able to accommodate ships higher than 8,000 TEU. Those who can thus have a higher connectivity.