January 25, 2024

World Trade Monitor November 2023

World Merchandise trade decreased with 1.4% in November 2023 compared to the previous month, following an increase of 0.7% in October. This is evident from the monthly CPB World Trade Monitor. The decrease in world trade is in large part determined by a decrease in imports of China (-7.8%), following an increase of 4.5% last month. Emerging Asia (imports: -3.0%, exports: +0.5%), Japan (imports: -6.3%, exports: -5.7%), the United States (imports: -1.8%, exports: -2.4%), and the United Kingdom (imports: -3.8%, exports: -0.1%) also contribute to the decline in world trade. On the contrary, the exports of the eurozone (+0.6%), China (+0.7%) and other emerging Asia (+0.5%) have increased.

Developments in global international trade and industrial production November 2023:

  • World trade volume decreased 1.4% month-on-month (growth was 0.7% in October, initial estimate 0.4%).
  • World trade momentum was 0.4% (non-annualised; 0.2% in October, initial estimate 0.1%).
  • World industrial production increased 0.3% month-on-month (having increased 0.0% in October, unchanged from initial estimate).
  • World industrial production momentum was 0.4% (non-annualised; 0.4% in October, initial estimate 0.6%).

The next release of the CPB World Trade Monitor is scheduled for 23 February, 15:00 hours.

The monthly CPB World Trade Monitor is an instrument with which CPB monitors the development of world trade and is published on behalf of the European Commission. It takes two months before the figures are available. The next CPB World Trade Monitor for the reporting month of December 2023 will be published on February 23rd. If you have any 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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