Shipping business generated $15.6 billion to Greeks in the first nine (9) months of 2018. Foreign exchange cash-flow into Greece from shipping hit $15.6 billion which is up 14% from same period of 2017. In 2018, total number of active shipping companies operating in Greece reached 1,401 which is up from 1,387 in 2017. Number of ships under Greek management companies are 4,456 ships with a capacity of around 200 million DWT. In 2018, number of ships increased by 2.37% and DWT increased by 3.42% comparing to 2017. In Greece, shipping companies employed 17,061 people in 2017.