The map show where different goods come from and where they go. An intriguing visualisation gives us an idea how world trade looks nowadays.
The interactive map was created by US designer Max Galka, who makes visualisations based on Big Data. It traces international trade in the course of 2015, amounting to $15.6 trillion. Each point, representing one billion dollars, is coloured differently depending on the type of goods traded – food, agricultural produce, minerals, clothes, machines etc.
The interactive map shows where the goods come from and where they go. It The concentration of trade in three countries stands out clearly – in the USA, Germany and China. The 2017 map will probably have fewer points, because the WTO predicts a lower rate of global trade growth, and estimates it to be between 1.8% and 3.1% for the current year.