Globalization and Shipping: The Advent of the Shipping Container and the Lack of Transparency Within the Shipping Industry, Commercial Ships Flying Flags of Convenience and the Problem With This, and Ships Causing Oil Spills and Damage to Ecosystems

At any given time, 60,000 ships are traveling the ocean’s trade routes with commercial goods. 90% of all goods consumed travel by ship. Globalization and cheaply manufactured goods are not solely due to lower wages in impoverished countries, it is also because the means to transport those goods has become so incredibly cheap that utilizing foreign labor has become the standard for all companies to implore if they are to expect to turn a profit. Tags which display “made in” and then display a cou...

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