In the first quarter of 2009, the tonnage of freight transported through the canal declined by 3.3% and ship transit fell by 1.4%.
The most affected segment of vessel transit was vehicle carriers, mainly due to the sharp drop in car sales in the United States, followed by containerships and cruise ships, which also reported declines.
Compared to the 2007 record of 8 billion tons in transports, global maritime commerce fell substantially in 2008, dragged down by the crisis.
A good indication of this is the decrease in the Baltic Dry Index, which is composed of the prices of the maritime transportation of dry cargo. In November 2008, the index was 891 points while the index had reached 11,973 in May of that year - suffering in that period a fall of 11 times its value.
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