Prior information about the vessel, its destination and planned route, etc. is therefore extremely useful for setting up an effective MDA, as it can then be correctly identified when detected. This information may be available from the country from which they are sailing. The information is also relevant to the destination country and those it occurs along the way. Therefore, the mutual exchange of this information, called white shipping information, is extremely useful for all parties involved. India has signed white shipping agreements with several countries, including the United States and Singapore, and is seeking a similar agreement with other countries as part of its ongoing efforts to develop an effective regional MDA. India has signed an agreement to join the Trans-Regional Maritime Network (T-NMR) to exchange information on trade movements on the high seas. Aman Saberwal replies: White Shipping Information refers to the exchange of relevant advance information on the identity and movement of non-military commercial merchant ships. The transnational nature of the maritime sector ensures unhindered movement across the seas. The Indian Ocean region (IOR) accounts for 66% of global oil, 33% of bulk cargo and 50% of container shipments, with more than 100,000 ships passing through it each year. Therefore, situation awareness in the Indian Ocean region is important for the well-being of many countries.