Goods trade fell in Q3: WTO

December 20, 2021: The World Trade Organization said on Monday that the global merchandise trend fell by 0.8% in the third quarter, adding that the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant had raised the risk of missing the forecast 2021 growth rate.

Trade volume slipped between July-September due to supply chain disruptions, shortages of production inputs, and rising COVID-19 cases, the WTO said in a statement on its website.

A 2021 growth target could theoretically still be met, it said, but the emergence of Omicron has “tipped the balance of risks towards the downside, increasing the chance of a more negative outcome.”


Posted on: 2021-12-20T17:16:21+05:00