The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the World Bank have developed a dataset that estimates the costs of transporting different commodities around the world. The dataset provides the most extensive coverage of any public transport costs dataset so far, depicting around 95 percent of the global merchandise trade in terms of value. Users of the dataset can compare transport costs across country pairs, commodities, and, most importantly, transport modes (e.g. sea, air, rail, road), providing valuable input for transport policymaking.
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