The RCBE seeks to strengthen the transparency, trust and security of economic transactions between national and international entities operating in Portugal.
The FIATA documents, produced by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and adopted by national associations such as APAT, seek to facilitate international exchanges and foster legal certainty in international business transactions.
Between January and March 2020, the Asian economies stalled. From April onward, demand plummeted. COVID-19 fighting goods such as alcohol gel, masks, and gloves became part of everyday life, and were in high demand and increased in price. Ship owners reduced their supply capacity, but did not adjust it again when demand normalized.