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. She is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an adjunct fellow with CSIS. Ms. Durkin previously served as a U.S. Government trade negotiator and has proudly taught International Trade for the last fourteen years as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program.