Maritime Transportation: The Global System of Shipping and Ports

by: Ravi Anupindi

Publication Date: January 26, 2009
Length: 32 pages
Product ID#: 1-428-712

Core Disciplines: Economics, International Business, Operations Management/Supply Chain

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This conceptual note is focused on one of the most important aspects of international trade and commerce – maritime transportation. The majority of global trade, in fact more than 90 percent of world trade in terms of tonnage, travels by sea. From raw materials to finished consumer goods, this system is vital to the world economy. This note outlines the key aspects, players, and challenges related to seaborne trade. It is an essential tool for today’s global supply chain managers.

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