July 25, 2023

World Trade Monitor May 2023

World Merchandise trade increased with 0.3% in May 2023 compared to the previous month, following a decrease 0f 1.6% in April compared to March. This is evident from the monthly CPB World Trade Monitor. Most noteworthy is the increase of imports of emerging Asia excluding China (+11.8%) and the United Kingdom (+6.0%). The imports of the United States and Japan declined however, with -2.3% and -6.1% respectively. With regards to the exports, the increase in emerging Asia excluding China is striking (+7.4%). Exports also increased for the eurozone (+1.3%) and the United States (+1.1%). The exports of China (-7.8%), the United Kingdom (-5.0%) and Japan (-3.5%) declined however.

Developments in global international trade and industrial production May 2023

  • World trade volume increased 0.3% month-on-month (growth was -1.6% in April, initial estimate -1.4%).
  • World trade momentum was 0.7% (non-annualised; 0.0% in April, unchanged from initial estimate).
  • World industrial production increased 0.0% month-on-month (having decreased 0.9% in April, initial estimate -1.4%).
  • World industrial production momentum was -0.1% (non-annualised; 0.6% in April, initial estimate 0.7%).

The next release of the CPB World Trade Monitor is scheduled for Friday 25 August 2023, 12:00 hours, including reporting month June 2023.

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 2023)'. 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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