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SPECIAL FEATURE

Figure 2: International Seaborne Trade

Figure 2 depicts the volume (millions of tons loaded) of international seaborne trade in 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2008 for a variety of types of traded goods.

The volume of oil shipped by sea was 1,871 in 1980, 1755 in 1990, 2,163 in 2000 and 2,732 in 2008; the volume of main bulk goods  shipped by sea was 796 in 1980, 968 in 1990, 1,288 in 2000 and 2079 in 2008; the volume of goods  shipped by sea in containers was 104 in 1980, 214 in 1990, 739 in 2000 and 1,339 in 2008; the volume of other dry goods shipped by sea was 933 in 1980, 1,071 in 1990, 1,794 in 2000 and 2,060 in 2008.

Data: UNCTAD, Review of Maritime Transport, 2010.