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Trade: export volume worldwide 1950-2019

In 2019, the global trade value of goods exported throughout the world amounted to approximately 19 trillion U.S. dollars. In comparison, this figure stood at around 6.45 trillion U.S. dollars in 2000. The rise in the value of goods exported around the world reflects developments in international trade, globalization, and advances in technology.

Export trade

Global trade refers to the exchange of capital, goods and services between different countries and territories. The export of trade goods refers to goods sold internationally which were grown, produced, or manufactured in another country.

Who are the leading importers and exporters of trade goods?

In 2019, China was the largest source of goods exported around the world, with total merchandise exports valuing approximately 2.5 trillion U.S. dollars. That year, China was responsible for almost 13 percent of all trade goods exported around the world. The United States was the third largest exporters of goods that year. The United States was the leading importer of merchandise in the world as of 2018. That year, the global superpower accounted for 16.6 percent of the world’s merchandise imports.

Trends in global export volume of trade in goods from 1950 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

1950 to 2019

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