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The recent trend has been for a sustained drop in prices being paid for transport around the world. But strong demand for air transport, which grew by 4% in 2017, is the big story in global transport. It’s a symptom of the general economic recovery, and in particular of the rise of the middle class in Asia, along with falling ticket prices (they have halved over the past 20 years in real terms).
Contrast this with the roads sector, which varies wildly from region to region, and the cargo sector where overcapacity is the current problem.
Coface projects continuing growth in demand for transport in 2018, with the rail, road and maritime sectors thriving. Western European road transport is benefiting from historically low fuel costs. However, Latin America will continue to be hit by the underdeveloped infrastructure, increasing freight costs and putting a brake on demand.
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