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COASTAL TRADE Definition & Legal Meaning

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The shipping of goods or passengers by a ship registered in one country that occurs solely from port to port along the coast of another country. It is typically governed by the portage country’s national law. Laws granting permission for coastal trade are typically restrictive in each country. Known also as cabotage.


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