The new World Trade Outlook Indicator tool measures how fast or slow world trade is moving compared with projections for medium-term trends. The WTO developed the tool using a composite of indicators including export orders, international air freight movement, throughput a major container ports, and production and sales in three sectors: automotive, electronic components, and agricultural raw materials. Readings below 100 suggest slower growth than the predicted trend.
Andrea Durkin is the Editor-in-Chief of TradeVistas and Founder of Sparkplug, LLC. Ms. Durkin previously served as a U.S. Government trade negotiator and has proudly taught international trade policy and negotiations for the last fourteen years as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program.