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Page 20 of 71 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 21 TOP TRANS-ATLANTIC CARRIERS AND PORTS SPECIAL REPORT THE TRANS-ATLANTIC TRADE remains an oasis of calm with modest move- ments in traffi c and freight rates amid accelerating consolidation in container shipping and the launch of two new carrier alliances that are impacting other major routes. But political threats and opportunities could shake up the trade. By year-end, the Asia-South Asia market is likely to overtake the Europe- North America trade as the fourth- largest deep-sea route, following the trans-Pacifi c, Asia-North Europe, and Asia-Mediterranean lanes. The trans- Atlantic route can claim to be the most politically charged, considering it faces positive and negative developments that The politically charged trans-Atlantic trade maintains slow growth despite agendas in the US and EU By Bruce Barnard MAKING POLITICAL WAVES

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