About The Industry


Trade Routes

Trade between an origin group of countries and a destination group of countries is referred to as a trade route

Top Trade Routes (TEU shipped) 2017
Route West Bound East Bound  North Bound South Bound Total
Asia-North America 7,490,000 19,482,000     26,572,000
Asia-North Europe 9,924,000 5,139,000     15,063,000
Asia-Mediterranean 5,504,000 2,409,000     7,913,000
Asia-Middle East          
North Europe-North America 3,284,000 2,120,000     5,404,000
Asia-East Coast South America     730,000 1,344,000 2,074,000
North Europe/Mediterranean-East Coast South America     830,000 850,000 1,680,000
North America-East Coast South America     794,000 474,000 1,268,000

Serving the Trade Routes

There are about 500 liner shipping services providing regularly scheduled service (usually weekly) that enable goods to move between ports along the many trade routes of the world.

Route Services
Asia-East Coast North America 19
Asia-West Coast North America 54
Asia-North Europe 20
Asia-Mediterranean 29
North Europe-North America 32

Mediterranean-North America

17
Asia-Middle East 43
Asia-South Asia 53
North America-Mid-East/South Asia 10
South Asia-Europe 20
Middle East-Eastern Europe 36
Oceania 46
East Coast South America 14
West Coast South America 31
South Africa 19
West Africa 46
Total 487

Notes: Services may be counted on more than one route.
Source: Drewry Container Forecaster Q1 & Q2 2018