Trade Data

The World Trade Organization provides authoritative data about global trade, trade policy, and related economic issues. Its databases and publications provide access to data on trade flows, tariffs, non-tariff measures (NTMs) and trade in value added.

Data on annual trade in merchandise are available in the WTO's Data Portal https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm and its International Trade and Market Access Data pages, an interactive tool. That data includes exports and imports, broken down by commodity group and by selected economies/regions. https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_bis_e.htm

Other sources of trade data include the UN Comtrade Database https://comtrade.un.org/, IMF Data (https://www.imf.org/en/Data, Eurostat (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/euro-indicators/international-trade), and various national sources. Where needed, reported data are complemented by estimations produced by the WTO.

Annual WTO data are updated in April and October of each year. This includes total values and data broken down by economies and selected regional and economic groupings. The October update also includes data broken down by commodity groups/regions. Trade data are also measured by numerous organizations, including the US Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division, at https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html.

 

Commentary

The global scrap metal market has been growing and is expected to increase to $406.2 billion in 2020 from $277.1 billion in 2015.

News & Analysis

Port of Shanghai.
22 Mar 2018
The top eight ports — which deal with the majority of international container trade volumes — handled 11.9 million TEU in February, a 10.7 percent jump from the 10.7 million TEU handled during the same month last year.
The Port of Los Angeles.
06 Mar 2018
US exports are on a growth track, but export expansion could be derailed or slowed if the United States enters a trade war.
06 Mar 2018
IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh shares his outlook for global economic and trade growth with attendees at the 18th Annual TPM Conference at a time of growing uncertainty surrounding fiscal and trade policy.
Aluminum cans stacked.
02 Mar 2018
The ports are concerned that tariffs will lower steel and aluminum imports and invite retaliation that will undermine exports of US products.
The Port of Veracruz.
01 Mar 2018
Economists say the eastward drift in Mexico’s volume is partly due to the expanded Panama Canal opening, enabling ships of up to 14,000 TEU to traverse the waterway, but also due to the improved economic situation in Europe.
Central American ports such as Panama's Port of Colon are sending more containers to the United States.
14 Feb 2018
US imports from Central America surpassed 1 million TEU for the first time ever in 2017.
23 Jan 2018
The Trump administration announced the tariffs Monday in response to complaints from US-based manufacturers that foreign competition was unfairly flooding the US market with cheap imports.
Tuticorin port
22 Jan 2018
India's government tax reforms and rising investment in logistics infrastructure are opening the country up to increased trade in 2018 and beyond.
12 Jan 2018
The health scandal, called Carne Fraca, disrupted shippers and container operations and resulted in several importers — including China, Chile, the European Union, and South Korea — imposing temporary bans.
09 Jan 2018
China last year announced bans on imports of certain types of scrap products from all countries in order to reduce the harmful effect of contaminated waste products.
19 Dec 2017
The carrier said it has already signed 100 clients, involving more than $80 million in credit, and is looking to finance another $200 million over the next year.
08 Dec 2017
US import growth is expected to slow in 2018, after an impressive increase in 2017, but the National Retail Federation adds that a recession is not on the horizon.
06 Dec 2017
Maersk transports roughly 20 percent of India’s total containerized cargo.
04 Dec 2017
>The pottery, soil, and stone sector led in both imports and exports.
09 Nov 2017
Compared with the approximately 3 percent increases of recent years, 2017 was a banner year.
08 Nov 2017
The trans-Atlantic spot market has barely budged when compared with the yo-yo swings on other trades.
08 Nov 2017
US meat exports to China are set to be boosted sharply following the signing of a three-year volume commitment by online retailer JD.com.
02 Nov 2017
Bangladesh is India’s seventh-largest trading partner by volume.
24 Oct 2017
The United States is the largest market for Brazilian coffee exports.
18 Oct 2017
There was no slowing down Chinese containerized exports in September, but the double-digit growth continued to be accompanied by steadily declining freight rates.
13 Oct 2017
Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting Inc. has again revised upward its outlook for Japan’s container trade in fiscal year 2017.
10 Oct 2017
The NRF said strong consumer demand will result in calendar year 2017 retail sales increasing between 3.2 and 3.8 percent over 2016.
02 Oct 2017
China’s trade balance with the rest of the world has deteriorated this decade.
30 Sep 2017
BoxTech contains information on containers moving on one-third of the global fleet. Secretary General Douglas Owen details the vision behind development and potential future uses for the data. 
18 Sep 2017
The reduction slightly jars the confidence of the container shipping industry.
08 Sep 2017
An unexpected surge in imports in July will take some of the steam out of peak-season volumes this autumn.
28 Aug 2017
In terms of exports, the April-to-June index for the food and beverage industry led the pack.
23 Aug 2017
“Canada is a trading country.”
17 Aug 2017
Container throughput at the world's major ports was up sharply in the first half, driven by rising volume being reported by carriers.
16 Aug 2017
A new bilateral agreement could open China’s huge market to US rice as early as next year.
10 Aug 2017
South Asia is the leading growth market for container shipping.
09 Aug 2017
US containerized imports are forecast to reach the highest-ever monthly total in August.
01 Aug 2017
Brazil’s container trade grew 5.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.
17 Jul 2017
The shuttering of many plants for three weeks and more, opposed to the traditional break of one or two weeks, bodes poorly for the country’s third-largest export and its second-largest import.
14 Jul 2017
US cotton exporters are anticipating another strong year after containerized cotton exports rose 3.7 percent last year.