India’s economic growth looks positive despite downfall in air & ocean trade

India maintains the highest forecasted growth amongst all seven countries on DHL’s Global Trade Barometer

India’s pace of growth looks set to remain the highest of the world’s largest economies despite a decrease in both air and ocean trade growth, according to data from the DHL Global Trade Barometer released by DHL, the world’s leading Logistics Company.

The DHL Global Trade Barometer, an early indicator of global trade developments calculated using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, revealed that India’s trade growth outlook – coming in at 59 points on the Index – will be driven primarily by an uptake in both imports and exports of Personal Household Goods, Temperature or Climate Controlled Goods and Land Vehicles & Parts, which increased in index points by 19, 16 and 2 respectively. However, India’s ocean trades dropped sharply by almost 20 points to 63, while air trade is also expected to stagnate in the coming quarter.

“India has not been immune to the current global economic climate, but businesses operating in the country can afford to remain positive: despite increasing headwinds, India has managed to maintain the highest predicted trade growth of all the GTB countries”

Kevin Leung, CEO, Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, DHL

“With its annual GDP growth rate still running at an impressive 7.5%, India remains somewhat insulated from global trade volatility thanks to high domestic private consumption, which accounts for 60% of the country’s GDP and is expected to generate up to $6 trillion in opportunities for growth. It’s no surprise that the Personal Household Goods sector is seeing a steady increase on the ocean import side, while a decrease in air exports of Consumer Fashion Goods appears to have been largely offset by high domestic consumption.”

The Barometer’s results also suggest that global trade growth looks set to slow down over the next three months, signaling only a slight growth. However, the top three nations with the highest indexes are all in Asia, namely India, Japan, and China. Indices for all seven countries that constitute the Global Trade Barometer index – including the US, UK and Germany – are above 50 points except for South Korea. In the Global Trade Barometer methodology, an index value above 50 indicates positive growth, while values below 50 indicate contraction.

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