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World Trade Service

Size and seize trade and transportation opportunities

Do you need to accurate trade and transportation forecasts for growth? Optimize vessel allocation and fleet makeup?

Access long-term trade and transportation data outlooks for 106 countries and regions, across 201 commodities and 16 trade concepts. It covers three transportation modes and four cargo types. Leverage the most advanced modelling techniques and the world’s largest trade database to ensure an accurate, consistent market view. With seamless data delivery through our online platform you can:

  • Make timely, profitable business decisions
  • Uncover risks and opportunities
  • Recognize market trends and key catalysts
  • Benchmark the competition
  • Support economic development and infrastructure investments

What’s Included

Data and Forecasts

Our database contains historical and forecast bilateral trade data broken down by country (or region), commodity, and trade concept. Historical data from 2000 and forecasts through 2030 (quarterly updates, annual frequency).

Countries and Regions
Total global trade broken down into 106 countries and regions (241 countries and territories for containerized trade measured in TEUs)

201 commodity categories are mapped to SITC and HS categories

Trade Concepts
16 value and volume indicators covering key transportation modes and seaborne cargo types

US Airport Module
Top 30 US airports with forecasts for airborne metric tons


World Economy and Trade Trends (quarterly)
Global macroeconomic view of the trade and transportation space, highlighting trade demand, commodity prices, transportation modes, cargo types, quarterly forecasts, historical data and trade forecast revisions

Weekly Commentary
Recap of the prior week’s trade and transportation events, focusing on trade relations and regulations

Macroeconomic Summary (75 countries)
Main macroeconomic drivers for World Trade Service forecasts, forecast revisions, economic outlook and assumptions

Analyst Access
On-demand access to our team of economists and country analysts

Solve Your Business Challenge

What is the size of my trade and transportation market?
What is the forecast for growth?
By providing trade breakdown by country, commodity and mode, World Trade Service can be used to size and forecast a variety of markets.
Should I expand this cargo facility?
Is this expansion a good investment?
World Trade Service shows you if trade growth and volumes are strong enough to support transportation infrastructure investments.
How should I allocate my ships? Is now a good time to order new vessels?The bi-lateral layout of World Trade Service data allows you to measure volume levels and growth along specific trade routes and to position your fleet to capture emerging volumes.

Forecast Coverage

  • 106 countries and regions (241 countries and territories for TEUs)
  • 201 commodities
  • 16 trade concepts (value and volume measurements)
  • Three transport modes (land, sea, air)
  • Four cargo types (dry bulk, liquid bulk, general cargo, containerized)
  • Coastal share data
  • US Airports

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