In section A of the report, the development of the Latin American merchant marine is traced within the context of the region's foreign trade, while in section B the extent of the influence of maritime freights on the region's balance of payments is studied in more detail. Secondly, the level and the structure of freight rates' effect on the balance of payments is discussed. Section C summarizes the latest studies made by ECLA on this important topic. Thirdly, the establishment of regular and frequent maritime services on new trade routes can assist Latin America in developing new markets for its exports. Reference to the activities of regional shipping lines in this regard is made in various parts of this study. The final parts of the study are devoted to the efforts of the Latin American republics--individually and collectively--to influence the effects of maritime transport on their economic development. Particular attention is given to Brazil, which for the past several years has been pursuing an aggressive--and successful--maritime policy. To a certain extent this study represents an updating of the chapter on maritime transport included in El transporte en America Latina, published by ECLA in 1965.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report is one of three special studies in an "Economic Survey of Latin America".
  • Corporate Authors:

    United Nations

    Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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  • Pagination: p. 298-363

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00034652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United Nations
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1973 12:00AM