The current furore over Communist-flag penetration of major Western trade routes continues with charge and counter-charge being levied by Governments and shipowners. To find out exactly what the major Comecon fleets were doing Lloyd's Shipping Economist analyzed the volume of movements of shipping of all flags, in dwt terms, through the Baltic ports of the USSR, Poland and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the years 1976, 1977 and 1978, and through the Soviet Black Sea ports in the same period. The article covers all kinds of cargo carrying ships and new light is thrown on the foreign trade of these three countries. What has been discovered is that the Comecon fleets are, above all, most active outside of the Communist sphere and heavily engaged in trade with the developed world, not with third world countries. The article includes a discussion of tanker movements, dry bulk and general cargo operations, and COMECON ports.

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    Lloyd's of London Press Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1979-7

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  • Accession Number: 00316219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM