Key Trends in International Merchandise Trade

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Notwithstanding the economic crisis, world trade has increased dramatically over the past decade, rising almost threefold since 2002 to reach about 18 trillion USD in 2011. Developed countries continue to constitute the main players in international trade, however developing countries account for an increasing share. As of 2011 almost half of world trade has originated from developing countries. The newly published report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD): Key Trends in International Merchandise Trade has mapped out for you the overall trends in international trade across regions and sectors and important indicators related to trade flows across countries.

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