The Economist

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    GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS: TAKE YOUR PICK

    2022-05-31T08:54:00Z

    Recession is in the news but there is no consensus as to when this might occur. The good times may be over before they really took hold.

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    THE COLD WAR IS BACK, A NEW NORMAL LOOMS

    2022-04-30T13:51:00Z

    Congestion and supply chain problems continue to be with us and now the Ukraine war has caused a thick fog over our industry.

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    WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM STATISTICS

    2022-03-31T15:02:00Z

    Are politicians misleading us as to how strong economic recovery has been in 2021 or should we trust them?

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    COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS NOT BEEN DISASTROUS FOR GLOBAL TRADE

    2022-01-03T11:36:00Z

    Shortages in shipping capacity cannot be put down to excessive levels of trade volumes.

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    THE ECONOMICS OF GLOBAL TRADE

    2021-12-01T09:41:00Z

    Economic growth, or the lack of it, has had less of an impact on trade than was expected, resulting in stronger economic growth.

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    COVID-19 TRIGGERED VULNERABILITIES SET TO RUN

    2021-11-01T11:08:00Z

    Pent up demand with consumers continuing to spend their money on goods, together with oil, coal and gas shortages will ensure on-going pressures on the supply chain well into next year.

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    COVID-19 DELTA PACKS A WALLOP

    2021-10-11T09:00:00Z

    The logistics supply chain is finding it extremely difficult to deal with the repercussions of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant. It is slowing the expected economic recovery.

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    MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES… …The Shipping Bubble is Bound to Burst

    2021-09-01T18:20:00Z

    COMMENT: An unprecedented increase in shipping profi tability has generated a newbuilding bubble that ports may not be prepared for, writes Ben Hackett.

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    GLOBALISATION AND SUPPLY CHAIN REMAIN AT RISK

    2021-07-03T21:58:00Z

    COMMENT: Ports struggle with congestions, carriers with lack of capacity and countries with more COVID-19. The pressure is not letting up, writes Ben Hackett.

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    NEW PORT PERFORMANCE INDEX - GOOD TRY BUT WRONG

    2021-06-22T17:36:00Z

    COMMENT: The World Bank and IHS/Markit Container Port Performance Index is well off the mark and does not reflect reality, writes Ben Hackett.

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    GLOBALISATION STUMBLES UNDER COVID-19 PRESSURE

    2021-05-13T22:13:00Z

    The COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on globalisation beyond the Trump Administration impacts, writes Ben Hackett. The question is: What has gone wrong?

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    EUPHORIA IN SHIPPING FINANCES MAY IMPACT PORTS

    2021-04-16T15:02:00Z

    COMMENT: As the pandemic rolls back with vaccinations rolling out, the maritime industry becomes overly optimistic from ports, terminals, carriers and shipbuilding, writes Ben Hackett.

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    PORTS ARE STRUGGLING

    2021-03-06T09:00:00Z

    COMMENT: The economics, such as they are, of the COVID-19 crisis is playing havoc at the ports as is the virus infection as well, writes Ben Hackett.

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    The relevance of economics on international trade and ports?

    2021-03-01T09:00:00Z

    COMMENT: Harping on a familiar subject, we really do need to ask ourselves what relevance economics has on international trade? writes Ben Hackett.

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    WHEN WILL THE ROLLERCOASTER RIDE END?

    2020-12-18T12:00:00Z

    COMMENT: The sharpest decline in economic activity in Q2 worldwide was followed by spectacular growth in Q3, but Q4 looks like a bust, writes Ben Hackett.

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    THE ECONOMIST’S FOG

    2020-11-12T14:01:00Z

    COMMENT: The life of an economist is currently about as satisfying as a that of a scientist trying to understand COVID-19, writes Ben Hackett.

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    NEW NORMAL IS AS CLEAR AS MUD

    2020-10-14T11:53:00Z

    COMMENT: Container carriers appear to have found the “yellow brick road” to recovery this year with strict capacity management, while the rest of the industry is in the doldrums, writes Ben Hackett.

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    BUDGET PLANNING DURING A PANDEMIC

    2020-09-17T15:42:00Z

    COMMENT: Planning for a 12-18 month period has been difficult during the past few years as globalisation has come under pressure and the Trumpian trade wars with friends and foe alike are creating enormous uncertainties, writes Ben Hackett.

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    REALITY OR JUST A FALSE SENSE OF HOPE?

    2020-07-24T18:18:00Z

    COMMENT: The maritime industry has been a bastion of hope over many decades even when supply and demand disparity grew, and excessive capacity was built both in the vessel and port terminal sectors, writes Ben Hackett.

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    GLOBAL ORDER IN DISTRESS

    2020-06-19T22:08:00Z

    COMMENT: The knowledge that the coronavirus is highly contagious and that it can be deadly is certain and the impact on the global economy has been dramatic in its success in bringing it to a virtual standstill. What is less clear is what to do next after the shutdown, writes ...