Jan Hoffmann
Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to maritime transport, leading directly to historically high container shipping freight rates, unpredictable schedules, port congestion and supply chain bottlenecks.

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).

Jordi Selfa Clemente
CETMO

Transport flows were clearly affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, the resulting health crisis, lockdown and slow recovery process back to normal, which was still not completed at the end of that year.

Jan Hoffmann
Chief Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Port and shipping services handle more than 80% of global trade volumes, and this share is even higher for most developing countries. Despite the growing eCommerce – in fact invigorated by it – the physical movement of goods across oceans remains at the core of trade driven development. To participate in global value chains, Mediterranean countries depend on well-connected ports and cost-effective shipping services.

Mustapha Lhamouz
Activities and Operators Supervision Director, National Ports Agency of Morocco

Moroccan ports have played a major role in managing the Covid-19 health crisis. In fact, the port sector has demonstrated strong resilience and great agility by adapting its various operational processes to the new context, which requires that health measures be taken into account to deal with the pandemic threat

Malta Maritime Forum

The problems created by the Covid pandemic to the carriage and distribution of goods caught everyone including the major container carriers unaware and necessitated the introduction of short term measures in order to safeguard both the coherence of the logistical cycle and the financial sustainability of the carriers.