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  • UNCTAD estimates that the weekly transits going through the Suez Canal decreased by 42 per cent over the last two months.
  • The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has triggered substantial shifts in oil and grain trades, reshaping established trade patterns.
  • Simultaneously, the Panama Canal, a pivotal conduit for global trade, is grappling with diminished water levels, resulting in a staggering 36 per cent reduction in total transits over the past month compared to a year ago.

The escalating geopolitical tensions and climate change related issues affecting key shipping routes are now threatening global trade, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has warned, with potential to curtail economic development mainly in poor countries.

The United Nations trade and development body has expressed concerns over the disruptions, particularly stemming geopolitical tensions affecting shipping in the Black Sea, recent attacks on shipping in the Red Sea affecting the Suez

  • Major shipping lines among them Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk have been avoiding the Red Sea and the Suez Canal route.
  • This move follows attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been targeting ships travelling to Israel.
  • The Houthis have declared their support for Hamas in the ongoing war Israel war in Gaza that erupted following October 7 Hamas attacks.

The East African region remains exposed to high freight costs even as shipping lines indicate they are resuming voyages through the Red Sea after a hitch in December, caused by attacks by Houthi rebels.

Major shipping lines, including the world’s leading container carrier, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and the second-placed Maersk, have been avoiding the Red Sea and the use of the Suez Canal.

This decision came after persistent attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been targeting ships traveling towards Israel.…