June 24, 2022

World Trade Monitor April 2022

World trade volume increased 0.5% in April compared to March. The decrease in Chinese exports by 4.6% was striking, which can be partly explained by the lockdown in Shanghai. This is shown by the CPB World Trade Monitor.

Developments in global international trade and industrial production April 2022

  • World trade volume increased 0.5% month-on-month (growth was -0.9% in March, initial estimate -0.2%).
  • World trade momentum was -0.3% (non-annualised; 0.6% in March, initial estimate 0.8%).
  • World industrial production decreased 2.7% month-on-month (having decreased 1.0% in March, unchanged from initial estimate).
  • World industrial production momentum was 1.0% (non-annualised; 3.2% in March, unchanged from initial estimate).

The next release of the CPB World Trade Monitor is scheduled for Monday 25 July 2022, 12:00 hours.

CPB publishes a World Trade Monitor every month on behalf of the European Commission. It takes two months for the figures to become available. For questions please contact wtm@cpb.nl.

Read also the CPB Background Document 'The CPB World Trade Monitor: technical description (update 2020)'. In September 2016 (starting with the July 2016 monitor) the WTM base year has been moved from 2005 to 2010. Clarification of the procedure and its outcomes is given in the downloadable appendix (CPB Memo 'Change of base year WTM').

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The World Trade Monitor is partially financed by DG ECFIN (Directorate General of Economic and Monetary Affairs of the Economic Commission).


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