The early policy of Ambracia was determined by its loyalty to Corinth (for which it probably served as an entrepot in the Epirus trade), its consequent aversion to Corcyra, and its frontier disputes with the Amphilochians and Acarnanians.
A considerable entrepot trade is also done with the neighbouring French colonies.
It is now the chief commercial entrepot of Western Shan-tung but no longer a manufacturing centre.
The capital, Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, was once the principal commercial entrepot of Colombia.
The opening up of the upper waters of the Yangtsze to steam navigation has made it a commercial entrepot second only to Shanghai.
The greater part of its surface is occupied by a town, formerly a thriving commercial entrepot and a strong military post.
Up to 1668 the entrepot for the inland settlements was a station named Gibraltar at the head of the lake, but the destruction of that station by pirates in that year transferred this valuable trade to Maracaibo.
Being the great entrepot for the trade of Egypt, the city is the headquarters of the British chamber of commerce and of most of the merchants and companies engaged in the development of the Delta.
For four or five centuries it became the entrepot of trade between India, Arabia and Upper Egypt.
Its most important trade by land, besides Austria, is done with Germany, Trieste being the entrepot for Germany's commerce with India and the Mediterranean countries.