With international trade barriers being relaxed or removed, there are an increasing number of countries that are introducing themselves as viable contributors to the growth of the global economy. Because of this increase in economic activity, a growing number of analysts are suggesting that an economic boom can be expected, very soon. Although that is good news for all countries, the regions that fail to accommodate the changing needs of the shipping industry, are very likely to find themselves in a weak competitive position; especially when compared to prospering regions that have already made the necessary shipping port and infrastructure investments.
Although there are countless reasons why so many countries and regions around the world should invest into improvements in their infrastructure and container ports, the biggest seems to be the financial benefits they provide to local economies. In the United States for example, the major shipping port in New Orleans contributes more than $8 billion in earnings annually and generates $800 million in Louisiana state taxes, while at the same time supporting over 160,000 jobs. Much like the economic benefits experienced in New Orleans, many of the shipping ports across Europe are an economic lifeline for their region and are badly in need of improvements and investments, if they are to be relied upon to deliver continued prosperity; in the future.
Every private investor makes an investment with the intention of choosing an offering that will provide the best investment return, for as little risk as possible. When it comes to shipping port investments, the motivation is no different. At the moment, government officials from around the world are making commitments to improve their region’s shipping facilities, in hopes of remaining competitive in the international marketplace, as well as stimulating economic growth at home and receiving sizable returns on their investment.