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Video: Ships Make The World Go : The Importance of Shipping

Vast majority of people are unaware of the key role played by the shipping industry, which is largely hidden from view.

Without shipping, life would be different. We would have limited access to a lot of the food we consume, pharmaceuticals, clothes and consumer goods, as around 90 percent of world trade is transported by ship. Around 1.7 million seafarers make it possible every day. Because of them, and the over 61,000 ships we are served by, we do not run out of what we need.

The jobs and livelihoods of billions of people in the developing world, and standards of living in the industrialized and developed world, depend on ships and shipping.  The shipping industry has played an important part in the dramatic improvements in global living standards that have taken millions of people out of acute poverty in recent years.  It will be just as critical for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the plan agreed by all global leaders last year for people, peace, planet prosperity and partnership.

Maritime transport is the backbone of global trade and the global economy.

Everybody in the world benefits from shipping, yet few people realize it.  We ship food, technology, medicines, and memories.  As the world’s population continues to grow, particularly in developing countries, low-cost and efficient maritime transport has an essential role to play in growth and sustainable development.

The importance of shipping in supporting and sustaining today's global society makes it indispensable to the world


Video by BIMCO

BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with more than 2,000 members globally. They provide a wide range of services to our worldwide membership – which includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.


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