Almost from its inception, there has been a clear upward trend in the disruptive force of the container during its use. However, a relative decrease in container movement has been seen in recent years although the explanation of which goes beyond disturbances in the world economy. PortEconomics member Ricardo Sanchez along with Eliana Barleta notice that the inter-annual change in throughput with respect to changes in GDP is declining. To understand this phenomenon, PortReport No 2 examines variations in containerization, notably factors that cause containerization to increase and decrease. With the intent to explain these upward and downward variations, some working hypotheses will be proposed and demonstrated, particularly the reprivatization of the economy, cargo miniaturization, possible decreases in transhipments, and the increasing use of 40-feet containers rather than 20-feet containers.
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