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Panama Canal transits rise as world trade recovers from pandemic

Traffic is returning to the Panama Canal, which expects more vessels to sail through the vital waterway in 2021, as a result of the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in the West.

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The Panama Canal Authority says vessel transits are rebounding as global trade picks up after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Container ships have led the recovery while liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas are among the fastest growing segments for the waterway, said Ilya Espino de Marotta, its deputy administrator, in an interview at the canal locks.

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