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The future of global trade - in 7 charts

Merchandise trade volumes are expected to grow by 8% in 2021. Image: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Victoria Masterson

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WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo‑Iweala at the press conference for the 2021 trade forecast. Image: ©WTO/Bryan Lehmann
a chart showing the fall in trade from covid
COVID-19 and the vaccine roll-out will affect the health of the world economy by 2022. Image: WTO
chart showing exports by region
Big export falls early in 2020 started to recover by the end of the year. Image: WTO
a chart showing year on year growth in merchandise trade
Manufactured goods saw a rebound in the fourth quarter. Image: WTO
a chart showing year on year trade in merchandised goods
Sectors were affected differently by the pandemic. Image: WTO
a chart showing year on year growth in services
Travel was the worst affected service. Image: WTO
a chart showing commercial flight numbers
Data on international flights, container ship port calls and copper futures gives the WTO a better picture of the economy. Image: WTO
a chart showing economic phases
News reports became more positive after vaccines were announced in November 2020. Image: WTO
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