OECD Ocean

Ocean shipping and shipbuilding

The main transport mode for global trade is ocean shipping: around 90% of traded goods are carried over the waves. As such, the oceans provide the main transport arteries for global trade. This comes with opportunities and challenges.

As demand for global freight increases, maritime trade volumes are set to triple to 2050.

Maritime transport forms part of a whole cluster of economic activities that can create economic value added.

The OECD and the International Transport Forum are working to chart the course for more efficient and sustainable maritime transport.

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