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Cargo Types

From clothes to computers, from crude oil to wine and from flowers to livestock, ships carry a diverse range of cargoes.

As the type of cargo a ship normally carries will influence its trading route and the type of ship needed to carry the cargo, a basic understanding of the types of cargoes around the world will give a better appreciation of the main trade routes of different types of ships.

In this section, we explain the characteristics of the main cargoes that you might expect to see being carried by ship on any day of the year.