Future of Trade, Value Chains in Services: McKinsey

Trade increases in absolute terms though overall percentages are slowing, explains analysis from McKinsey Insights. Services like research, finance, engineering and more are growing at a faster pace than trade in goods,” creating value far beyond what national accounts measure,” the article reports, adding “services already constitute more value in global trade than goods. In addition, all global value chains are becoming more knowledge-intensive.” Manufacturers basing factories in nations with low wages and low skills have become less common, driving less than 20 percent of global goods trade. Companies instead seek infrastructure and access to consumers and reliable value chains that are increasingly more regional and less global. New technologies, growing demand and domestic value chains in emerging economies shape new trade patterns. New technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, blockchain logistics, electric vehicles and more will spur trade growth in services. Companies must reassess strategies for global operations and be nimble, prioritizing speed, proximity to consumers and relationships with suppliers. – YaleGlobal

Future of Trade, Value Chains in Services: McKinsey

Trade in services grow at a faster pace than trade in good, shifting patterns; companies seek access to consumers and infrastructure more so than low-cost labor
Susan Lund, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel, Jacques Bughin, Mekala Krishnan, Jeongmin Seong, and Mac Muir
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Read the article from McKinsey Insights about trade trends, including, the growth in trade in services due to new technologies and regional value chains.

Susan Lund is a partner of the McKinsey Global Institute, where James Manyika is chairman and director, Jonathan Woetzel and Jacques Bughin are directors, and Mekala Krishnan and Jeongmin Seong are senior fellows. Mac Muir is a consultant based in McKinsey’s Atlanta office.

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