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The Middle Corridor multi-modal option between Europe and China

The Middle Corridor (MC) also known as the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route is a multimodal transport corridor connecting China to Europe, which has been receiving elevated attention following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The MC links China, and Kazakhstan by rail through Dostyk or Khorgos/Altynkol, crosses Kazakhstan by rail to the Aktau Port, crosses the Caspian Sea to the Port of Baku/Alyat, and Azerbaijan and Georgia by rail to then either continue by rail to Europe through Türkiye or crossing the Black Sea. Due to inefficiencies and infrastructure gaps in Türkiye, the Black Sea route is currently preferred by operators. This […]

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The implications of Chinese port investments on Mediterranean trade and maritime hubs

By improving the connectivity between China and Europe, Chinese port investments aim to redefine China’s position within global transport networks and logistics flows. This article explores the evolution of port activity in the Mediterranean following the implementation of investment strategies through an analysis of container flows and the impact generated by China on the Mediterranean ports. Source: Ouail Oulmakki, Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Andrey Hernandez Meza & Jérôme Verny

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Disruption of global trade and shipping routes

Disruptions that affect international shipping have the potential to reshape global maritime networks and reconfigure the world trading map. Two months into 2024, the Red Sea and Suez Canal disruption that began in November 2023 continues to unfold, putting at risk the free movement of goods and interwoven global supply chains. Source: UNCTAD

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Seafarers’ rights progress report 2023

Two years after its initial publication, the following presents a set of reflections from seafarers rights’ organisations, shipowners, and cargo owners on how the situation has changed in the past twelve months, how the Code of Conduct has assisted companies in their due diligence work, and a reminder to continue raising awareness of and working toward solutions to the issues faced by seafarers worldwide.

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The case for globalization and robust global value chains

Rumors of the impending demise of globalisation have been exaggerated but survival requires collective effort. This paper argues that a retreat from globalization broadly defined, and disruption of the global value chain machinery would have negative sum outcomes for all participants. In the troubling new normal that is currently unfolding, global integration aided by more streamlined GVCs will safeguard the gains to date and allow the global system to adequately cope with both the known challenges and others that remain unknown—including through the provision of global public goods.

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