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Alternative sources of global freight data

Tracking air, land and sea freight can provide a lens into global trade flows and offers a gauge for global demand. In this report we summarise 1) the different types of freight data, 2) vendors that offer timely trade insights, and 3) outline where to find free sources of freight data.    

SHIPPING DATA

Approximately 80% of global trade by volume and 70% of global trade by value are transported across the seas and handled across the world’s ports.

Ocean freight data can found through:

Bill of ladings (BOL) and customs declarations are documents that detail the items in a ship’s cargo and are widely regarded as reliable data sources.

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Julia Asri Meigh VP of ESG Research (London)