ABSTRACT

This chapter concludes four main parts of the monograph dedicated to the status quo of maritime containerized transport and challenges to its economic, managerial, operational and sustainable development. There are direct and indirect references/conclusions to the identified determinants/challenges described in 12 chapters. It is very likely that East Asia will remain a dominating center of containerized cargo export to other continents (as far as China remains neutral in the Ukrainian war). It seems that in the nearest future, the production and consumption centers will remain unchanged, even with the consideration of a lower demand for goods, which is related to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the context of the pandemic, the problem concerning the reconfiguration of global containerized supply chains requires some special consideration. It is necessary to eliminate problems caused by the “key link” (with the lack of any alternative solutions) that brings on potentially serious delays in scheduled flows of raw materials in the supply logistics dendrite (e.g., shortfalls in semiconductor supply in the automotive sector). The prices of maritime container freight are affected by economic and geopolitical conditions and all of stochastic-nature changes that occur to the market. Considering current turbulences related to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the costs of maritime freight have soared and reached their highest levels that were rarely observed in the past. All the identified challenges must be finally reprogrammed in the modern reconfiguration of supply chains after the post-pandemic and post-war analysis in order to bring more power to the further development of maritime transport.