sea·​borne | \ ˈsē-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce seaborne (audio) \

Definition of seaborne

1 : borne over or on the sea a seaborne invasion
2 : carried on by oversea shipping seaborne trade

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Panjiva said seaborne import volume from China into the U.S. declined 0.8% year-over-year in August, after rising 12.5% and 6.5% in June and July. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Ocean Carriers Brace for Orders Surge Ahead of Potential New Tariffs," 30 Oct. 2018 Rising demand from countries including Japan, China, Korea and India has tripled seaborne LNG cargoes since 2000 to 308 million metric tons last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Korea’s Mega-Merger of Shipyards Set to Dominate Global Shipbuilding," 6 Feb. 2019 About 750,000 seaborne migrants have arrived on Italian shores since 2011. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Cowed Aid Agencies Cease Migrant Rescues in the Mediterranean," 7 Dec. 2018 Iran's navy and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard routinely conduct seaborne exercises in the Gulf and the strait. Gregg Re, Fox News, "US to restore sanctions suspended under Obama Iran deal," 5 Aug. 2018 In the first 10 months of 2017, total U.S. seaborne crude-oil exports to Asian and European markets were up 150% compared with the same period the year before, according to BIMCO. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Trade Tariffs Could Push Shipping to the Edge," 9 July 2018 As such, Spain’s offer to take the migrants is a victory for Rome, which wants to share the burden of seaborne migration more evenly among its European partners. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy to Ferry Migrants It Rejected to Spain," 12 June 2018 Italy has seen 750,000 seaborne migrants arrive on it shores since 2011, a crisis that has generated anger among Italians, some of whom accuse Rome’s European partners of abandoning it. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain Offers to End Standoff Between Italy and Malta Over Migrant Boat," 11 June 2018 It was seen as a warning to the world that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway for about one-third of global seaborne oil trade—a threat made before by Iran’s military, but not by this president. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Facing Threats at Home and Abroad, Iran’s President Takes a Harder Line," 11 July 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seaborne

: carried in a ship sailing across the sea
: involving or using ships that sail across the sea

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