An alarming slowdown in global trade shows Trump’s tariff war is having a devastating impact



Will Martin | Business Insider

The negative impact of the ongoing trade battle between the US and China is plain to see in new data from Swiss freight giant Kuehne + Nagel.

According to the data, published on Tuesday, global trade was up 0.3% in November compared to the previous month. It’s a massive shift from November 2017, when world trade grew 3.1% month-over-month.

The picture is a bit nuanced. For example, trade overall is up 6.4% from the same point last year, pushing Kuehne + Nagel’s World Trade Indicator to 143.7, the highest level since records began. But it’s still clear the US-China trade war is having an impact. Going forward, the data shows a consistent downward trend. The chart below illustrates this trajectory over the past 12 months: Read more here