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|
|North Europe-North America||2,632,000||1,250,446||4,637,000|
|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.
|Far East- North America||
|North Europe- Far East||28|
|Far East- Mediterranean||31|
|North Europe- North America||23|
Mediterranean- North America
|Europe- Mid- East/ South Asia||40|
|North America-Mid-East/South Asia||10|
|Far East- Mid- East/South Asia||72|
|East Coast South America||26|
|West Coast South America||48|
Notes: Services may be counted on more than one route.
Source: Drewry Container Forecaster Q1 & Q2 2013