The Baltic sea is one of the most important trade routes in the world, and even today, at any time, nearly 2000 vessels are operating along this route carrying general cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. Over 400 ports dot the different regions surrounding the sea, with at least 90 of these playing a significant role in international trade.
Experts estimate that over 50% of the vessels operating along this route are general cargo vessels, with another 20% being tankers carrying oil. Even the pandemic seems to not have dampened trade volumes with most Baltic ports reporting relatively stable numbers. But that is not to say that this maritime route does not have its share of challenges.