The global economy runs on containerized shipping. Walmart alone imports 400,000 containers a year. Our ability to compete necessitates ports that can handle increasing numbers of containers. In two years the Panama Canal will open a larger set of locks capable of handling ships 50% wider and with deeper drafts than today’s Panamax ships–the largest that can currently use the canal. By 2014 there will be 1,200 post-Panamax ships, incredible naval ships, that can carry up to 18,000 containers. This will almost double the current container ship capacity of over 9,000. Experts are saying that this will have a major impact and be a revolutionary change on containerized shipping. Obviously, this will greatly reduce shipping costs and have the potential to increase global trade.