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Liner shipping industry sets sail with full speed

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The article presents the past and current trends in liner shipping and stresses that in a near future, the market will benefit from five main factors: the robust shipping surrounding from international trade; the structural change in industrial relocation; the China factor; the increase in ship-owners’ profitability and lastly the liberalisation of markets and of the shipping industry that will generate new opportunities. At the same time, the article also sheds light on factors that could put limits to the growth in the short run: the expected decrease in freight rate, the increase in bunker costs and in port dues combined with the strengthening of imbalance in trades are identified as the main elements that could put limits on the vitality of liner shipping business.

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Correspondence to Jiafu Wei.

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Wei, J. Liner shipping industry sets sail with full speed. WMU J Marit Affairs 6, 65–73 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03195090

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Key words

  • Liner shipping
  • containerisation
  • international trade
  • China factor
  • freight rates