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GTA Forecasting

Formerly known as World Trade Service

Extensive coverage, forecasts, and analysis of international trade and commercial freight traffic.

The GTA Forecasting provides market and business planners with in-depth analysis, historical data, and forecasts of bilateral trade between 248 countries and regions across 270 commodities and 16 key indicators (Trade Concepts). It is an annual database with historical data from 2005 and forecast until 2030. The database is updated quarterly.

Get the information and insight you need to size international markets, identify global business risks and opportunities, conduct strategic planning, make confident trade and transportation investment decisions, and secure long-term competitiveness.

  • Plan competitive strategies by identifying when specific country and commodity trade will rebound
  • Uncover risks and opportunities by analysing and comparing target markets
  • Understand market trends and the economic factors driving them
  • Understand factors that could impact economic development and infrastructure plans
  • Conduct product line forecasting and benchmark performance

Source of data – Global Trade Atlas (GTA).
GTA is part of IHS Markit, the market-leading database for trade data includes monthly data from nearly 100 reporting countries and annual data for over 180 countries

Empower Your Decision Making!

GTA Forecasting supports your business needs across industries and around the world. It benefits:

  • Consulting companies
  • Trade associations
  • Government agencies
  • Logistics companies
  • Ship owners and operators
  • Commodity producers
  • Port authorities
  • Dredging and offshore contractor
  • Shipyard constructors

How can the GTA Forecasting help you?

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GTA Forecasting Features

Extensive historical database and forecasts
  • Historical Database sourced in Global Trade Atlas
  • Quarterly updated annual historical data and forecasts ranging from 2005 to 2030
  • Bilateral trade between 248 countries and regions, across 270 commodities and 16 key indicators
  • Data are carefully cleaned, processed and standardised to consistently cover all countries across all commodity categories and indicators
  • Missing data for Tonnage are estimated
  • Forecast is produced by commodity-specific and country-specific export and import global trade models
  • Historical real values and a set of macroeconomic indicators from IHS Markit’s Economics & Country Risk division are input into the forecasting model
  • An ARIMAX model with Principle Components Analysis is used to perform the forecast
Easy access to data, analysis and visualizations
  • Access GTA Forecasting data via Data Browser on Connect platform, our user-friendly, web-based interface
  • Select countries, commodities and indicators; create your own customized regional and commodity aggregates and download your data in Excel format
  • Use our GTA Forecasting dashboard with trade visualizations, methodology documents, service bulletins and macroeconomic drivers

GTA Forecasting dashboard

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  • Headline Analysis cover important trade and transportation events that occurred recently with a focus on international trade relations, along with trade regulatory issues

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