The growing weight of international and intercontinental flows in the mobility of goods is not a phenomenon of today, but it appears in the long run a still very strong trend. And this despite some not negligible risks (from Brexit to the new customs duties policies of the US government), which, by the way, will be addressed in a specific session at this year’s Forum.
The total import / export of goods grew from the sharpest year of the crisis (2009) to 2017 by + 60% for EU countries, + 84% for the US and + 110% for the BRIC countries despite the difficulties of Russia and Brazil. During the same period, the share of non-EU flows in maritime traffic to / from Union ports also increased slightly, from 64% to 65%, a sign that the development of traffic took place more markedly on long-haul traffic. Today 2 out of 3 tons unloaded / loaded in the ports of the 28 countries have their origin or destination outside the EU.
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