WEF charts global trade's present, near-future and 2026 projections

WEF charts global trade's present, near-future and 2026 projections

Did you know global trade as, on the whole, recovered from the record shocks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic? In fact, it was the fastest decline followed by the fastest recovery in recent trade history. That gem, and many others, can be found in a recent post by the World Economic Forum, pulling from three sources to summarize global trade's recent-past to present, present to near future and projected 2026 future.

The Present
Global trade has recovered completely from the rapid crash caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The global trade of goods has recovered. Image: DHL Trade Growth Atlas 2022.

Near Term
Global trade will stabilize and continue to grow, despite the war in Ukraine dampening growth for 2022-23.

Image: DHL Trade Growth Atlas 2022.

2026 Projected Trade Map
“The centre of gravity of world trade is poised for a turn to the south,” says the report, which finds Southeast and South Asia, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa will all be central to trade growth in future.

The below chart, which again draws on IMF forecasts, shows these three regions will have the fastest growing global trade growth by volume in the next five years.

Image: DHL Trade Growth Atlas 2022

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