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Explaining shipping

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About 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Without shipping, the import/export of affordable food and goods would not be possible – half the world would starve and the other half would freeze!

Shipping is a highly complex and global industry, at the forefront of technological innovation and committed to sustainability and the 2050 targets.

Learn more about shipping in today's world

Shipping facts describes the connection between shipping and world trade, the environment, safety and regulation. Current issues include the COVID-19 pandemic and the intensifying crew change crisis plus a broad cross-section of such as efforts to decarbonise shipping and the USD 5 billion industry fund to accelerate the R&D of zero-carbon technologies. To see how ships operate, watch our animation.