UNCTAD has carried out a preliminary assessment of the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 disruption on the maritime supply chain and trade over the first half of 2020. The assessment was conducted by professor Thanos Pallis (University of the Aegean), co-author of the IAPH COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer, with contributions from the UNCTAD Trade Logistics team lead by Jan Hoffmann.
The report describes the immediate impacts of the pandemic on maritime trade flows, ship calls, and liner shipping connectivity in the first half of 2020. It then highlights relevant responses and adjustments made at the port level as well as by other stakeholders across the maritime supply chain to cope with the disruption and maintain business continuity, while at the same time, protecting workers and ensuring timely delivery of essential goods during the crisis. The report can also be downloaded from the UNCTAD website.
Download the report here.