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) 2012
Route West Bound East Bound  North Bound South Bound Total
Asia-North America 7,529,000 14,421,000     21,950,000
Asia-North Europe 8,959,000 4,406,000     13,365,000
Asia-Mediterranean 4,371,000 1,875,000     6,246,000
North Europe-North America 2,632,000 1,250,446     4,637,000
Asia-Middle East 2,802,151 1,250,446     4,052,597
Australia-Far East     1,072,016 1,851,263 2,923,279
Asia-East Coast South America     550,000 1,399,000 1,949,000
North Europe/Mediterranean-East Coast South America     824,000 841,000 1,665,000
North America-East Coast South America     667,000 574,000 1,241,000

 Serving the Trade Routes

There are almost 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
Far East- North America

73

North Europe- Far East  28
Far East- Mediterranean 31
North Europe- North America 23

Mediterranean- North America

21
Europe- Mid- East/ South Asia 40
North America-Mid-East/South Asia 10
Far East- Mid- East/South Asia 72
Australasia 34
East Coast South America 26
West Coast South America 48
South Africa 24
West Africa 60
Total 490

Notes: Services may be counted on more than one route.
Source: Drewry Container Forecaster Q1 & Q2 2013