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Default What ships move cargo in Traveller?

At the gaming store and online, I have a lot of discussions about how trade works in Traveller, but recently something which is at the depths of nerdy questions has begun to bug me that I think that only the really knowledgeable vets on here can answer:

Is there any suggestion about the economic model in Traveller in any of the editions - I don't think it's ever been explained outright (though I could be wrong).

For example, a common view Traveller interstellar trade is that huge megacorporate haulers dominate trade on the large shipping lanes, but I'm pretty sure that's a player invention (though has MWM mentioned it in AotI?). Is there any suggestion of actual intermodal containerization as we think of it today? I always had the impression Traveller's goods were all carried "loose" (like in cargo boxes).

In canon, is trade assumed to be moved entirely by small ships?

Have suggestions of the economic model shifted between editions of Traveller or even within editions? (Like was there a shift from CT books 1-3 to Merchant Prince / High Guard?)
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