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Maritime connectivity in the Western Mediterranean

Arianna Norcini Pala
RAM – Logistica, Infrastrutture e Transporti Spa

Maritime transport plays a key role for the European economy, contributing to transport 75% of its external trade. Short Sea Shipping (SSS) represents around 65% of total cargo traffic among the 335 maritime ports belonging to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

Mediterranean reflects on future of regional transport and logistics

The magnitude of the impact of COVID-19 was evident from the beginning, when home confinements of population, closure of borders, interruption of value chains, definition of priority freight corridors for essential goods and cancellation of flights and cruises took place. With this perspective, CETMO and IEMed launched the initiative “Mediterranean transport and logistics in a post-COVID 19 era: prospects and opportunities”.

COVID-19, a follow-up in the evolution of transport and logistics

Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean

The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Its impact on economic and social activity was evident from the beginning. COVID-19 caused a global contraction of 3.5% of real GDP by 2020 according to World Bank data. The drop of real GDP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the European Union (EU) regions was estimated at 3.9% and 6.6% respectively, marked by the decline in the second quarter of 2020, with 6.6% and 14.6% respectively.