Global Trade Update: February 2021

16th February 2021

Global Trade Update: February 2021

The economic and social disruptions brought about by Covid-19 greatly affected global trade during 2020. Overall, world trade recorded a drop in value of about 9 per cent in 2020, with trade in goods declining by about 6 per cent and trade in services decreasing by about 16.5 per cent.

The effect of Covid-19 on global trade was most severe during the first half of 2020 with a drop in value of about 15 per cent. Global trade began to recover in Q3 2020 and more strongly in Q4 2020. The recovery in the second half of 2020 was largely due to the rebound of trade in goods.

Trade in services continues to lag substantially below averages. In Q4 2020 global trade in goods grew by about 8 per cent on a quarter-over-quarter basis while trade in services stagnated at Q3 2020 levels.

Report by Unctad