Levels of international seatrade fluctuated greatly in the 1970s and 1980s as the global economy expanded and contracted. This report reviews developments in and factors affecting seatrade and maritime transport. Among the topics addressed are: developments in commodity markets affecting seatrade; trends in management of trade logistics; advances in transport and cargo-handling technologies; issues in trade documentation, insurance, banking, and customs procedures; and effects of protectionist policies and regulations. The author points out that efficient management of transport and logistics is crucial to successful seatrade performance. Developing countries need state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, including ships and ports, to be able to adjust to changing market environments. Maritime nationalism--governments responding with protection--only impedes necessary adjustments to the systems.

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  • Authors:
    • Peters, H J
  • Publication Date: 1989-11

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  • Accession Number: 00491191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-8213-1364-9
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper 6
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1990 12:00AM