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DHL Global Trade Barometer index

Business · 2 min read

DHL Global Trade Barometer

The art of global trade monitoring and forecasting is being revolutionized by the DHL Global Trade Barometer (GTB) making it easier than ever before to embed speculative processes into your e-commerce business.

The DHL Global Trade Barometer provides deep insights into macroeconomic factors that are affecting trade. By analyzing the global supply chain of 7 key countries, trends within industry can be identified, which gives insight to sectors that are on the rise (or fall in some cases). It is an essential tool for businesses dealing in international trade.

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Tim Scharwath, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight explains, “The DHL Trade Barometer is a unique tool to forecast the future development of trade. We use a lot of data, which we then run through artificial intelligence to come up with a clear understanding of how the trade will develop in the next three months.”

The DHL Global Trade Barometer is based on import and export data for a number of intermediate and early-cycle commodities that serve as the basis for further industrial production, for example, brand labels for clothes, bumpers for cars or touch screens for mobile devices. Sources for the index are aggregated market data from air and containerized ocean freight in seven countries, which account for more than 75% of world trade. Using artificial intelligence, this data is compressed into a single index value.

“An index value above 50 indicates a positive development; values below 50 point to a decline in world trade, and all seven countries [reported on] are growing.”  

GTB index features:

- Import and export data from seven countries

- Representing 75% of all global trade

- Spans 10 industries from Chemicals to Vehicles

- 240 Million data points Evaluated

- Three-month outlook for global trade

- Updated quarterly

If you're a DHL Express customer, the insights from the DHL Global Trade Barometer will help you optimize your business processes - and if you're not yet a customer, then apply for an account today!

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