trade route

noun

Definition of trade route

1 : one of the sea-lanes ordinarily used by merchant ships
2 : a route followed by traders (as in caravans)

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There is about 15% more shipping capacity than demand on most trade routes, according to brokers and shipping executives. Costas Paris, WSJ, "U.S. Drops Container Shipping Cartel Investigation Without Charges," 26 Feb. 2019 The initiative also aims to diversify China’s trade routes, particularly for energy imports. Michael Singh, WSJ, "Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal," 8 Jan. 2019 Megiddo sat perched at a crucial point on an ancient trade route called the Via Maris, which linked Egypt with the Levant, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 But rates from Asia to Europe, the biggest trade route in terms of capacity and volumes, are flat at around $888 per box, well below the break-even level of roughly $1,400, shipping executives say. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Maersk Bounces Back to Profit on Soaring Trans-Pacific Freight Rates," 14 Nov. 2018 Although Kabul is also supplied from Pakistan, the trade route to Iran and the Gulf supplies the northern half or the country with many essentials. Amir Shah, The Seattle Times, "Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles," 13 Aug. 2018 The highly individualized Palmyran portraits display naturalistic Greco-Roman elements merged with lavish Persian stylization, a testament to the cosmopolitan character of a wealthy oasis on a developing trade route. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Something's missing from the newly reinstalled antiquities collection at the Getty Villa," 19 Apr. 2018 Jewelry made from conch shells, silvery mother-of-pearl, and orange and purple thorny oysters traveled along trade routes as far north as Mexico and as far south as the Andes. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 In the 1500s, new trade routes and the arrival of the printing press helped erode the power of merchant guilds and give way to a much more open system of trading where strangers could interact with each other. Bloomberg.com, "This Explains Why Modern Markets Developed Where They Did," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of trade route

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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