It is still small, but discernible – a growing sentiment that 2020 container traffic could equal or even surpass, 2019. I am struggling to remember a January when annual port throughput statistics were so eagerly awaited (and I spent the best part of decade compiling the annual top 100 container ports supplement for a long dead maritime publication).

It would be another example of the amazingly counterintuitive ways that coronavirus has changed society if 2020 saw an annual volume growth.

The backlog ...

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