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The latest issue of TFG’s Trade Finance Talks, ‘Sailing into 2023: Navigating the new year', is out now!
‘Permacrisis’ was crowned word of the year by the editors of the Collins English Dictionary at the end of 2022, defined as “an extended period of instability and insecurity”. It seems an appropriate term to describe the state of global trade, finance, and supply chains as we enter 2023.
As 2023 unfolds, shippers are experiencing signs of relief from the supply chain upheaval over the past few years. U.S. container imports in December continued to close in on 2019 volumes, port delays continued to improve, the maritime capacity crunch has eased, and ocean shipping rates have approached pre-pandemic levels.
There is no question that the turbulent global economy and the unending impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on China's supply chain. The country's economy is taking a hit with factories being forced to shut down, resulting in a significant disruption in international commerce.
Trafigura, a market player in the global commodities industry, has entered into a $3 billion four-year loan jointly arranged and underwritten by Deutsche Bank and another international bank and syndicated… read more →
Germany’s exports rose 14% in 2021 compared with 2020, but the country’s trade surplus fell almost 60% towards the end of the year. New data from Germany’s Federal Statistical Office,… read more →
Germany’s trade surplus shrank for four consecutive months towards the end of 2021, as imports to Europe’s largest economy hit another record high. New data from Germany’s Federal Statistical Office,… read more →