February 25, 2021

World Trade Monitor December 2020

With an increase of 0.6% in December 2020 (compared to November), world trade exceeds the level of early 2020. The loss due to the COVID pandemic in the first half of 2020, has been made up for with a growth of 1.3% over the whole of 2020. In the fourth quarter of 2020 the growth was 4.0%.

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Developments in global international trade and industrial production December 2020:

  • World trade volume increased 0.6% month-on-month (growth was 1.6% in November, initial estimate 2.1%) and growth was 4.0% in 2020Q4 (11.5% in 2020Q3).
  • World trade momentum was 4.0% (non-annualised; 6.0% in November, initial estimate 6.8%).
  • World industrial production increased 1.3% month-on-month (having increased 1.2% in November, initial estimate 1.1%) and growth was 3.5% in 2020Q4 (8.0% in 2020Q3).
  • World industrial production momentum was 3.5% (non-annualised; 4.2% in November, unchanged from initial estimate).

The next release of the CPB World Trade Monitor is scheduled for 25 March 2021, 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).