World trade grew 2.4% in November, the fastest month-on-month increase of the year. This comes amid growing optimism about a continuation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and moderate confidence about the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations.
Month-on-month growth in world trade volumes
According to CPB World Trade Monitor
Including November, average monthly world trade growth more than doubled to 0.3% in 2017. We expect this number to be maintained over 2018 due to a synchronised increase in global economic activity. As a result, annual trade growth is expected to match world GDP growth this year. However, less offshoring and a declining import share of the Chinese economy continue to be a drag on world trade growth.