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Covid changed port-pair connections on Europe-NAEC trade

December 7, 2023

The pandemic changed the total number of port-pair connections on the Europe-North America East Coast (NAEC) trade, according to Sea-Intelligence report.

In the first half of 2019, the total number of port-pair connections was relatively stable, hovering within 600-800 connections. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, seems to have hit North Europe-NAEC the most, as the total number of connections dropped significantly, before increasing back to the pre-pandemic level in 2023.

On the other hand, Sea-Intelligence analysts note that Mediterranean-NAEC did not exhibit the same decline, and post-pandemic, there is a clear level shift in favour of Med-NAEC, with the post-pandemic figure slightly higher than the pre-pandemic baseline.

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