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Summary of Cabotage

Literally, coastwise navigation, generally used to denote the proscription of foreign flag vessels in a nation's coastwise trade. Since an act of Congress in 1817 (2 Stat. 351), the coastwise trade of the United States has been reserved exclusively to American vessels.

(Main Author: William J. Miller)

Cabotage and International Trade Economy

In relation to international trade economy, Christopher Mark (1993) provided the following definition of Cabotage: In shipping, the transport of goods or persons between ports within a single country.

Cabotage in International Trade

Meaning of Cabotage, according to the Dictionary of International Trade (Global Negotiator): Government restrictions reserving domestic transportation (between points within the country) to domestically registered carrier's. Many countries have cabotage laws that require domestic owned vessels to perform domestic interport water transportation service.


Embracing mainstream international law, this section on cabotage explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.


Further Reading

  • The entry “cabotage” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press

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