International Trade




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Relation between Trade and World Output…

     The amount of world output influences the amount of international trade within any particular year.  The less world output slows the volume of international trade; higher out- put creates a push forward in a impressively larger world trading volume. (John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild & Jerry C.Y. Han, 2006)

     Recession creates a negative economic stigma; creating an atmosphere where people buy less domestic and imported products.

Currency fluctuation is also related to imports being more expensive than domestic products. (John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild & Jerry C.Y. Han, 2006)


The Broad Pattern of International Trade…


     There is no real way to accurately document the pattern of international trade, but the custom agencies of the world tend to reflect a general trade pattern (John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild & Jerry C.Y. Han, 2006).


     The military’s of the world  deliberately distort the shipping of military equipment throughout the world. Products that have been sold through (black markets) also give a very vague picture of trade between nations (John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild & Jerry C.Y. Han, 2006).


Large ocean cargo vessels  are needed to ship merchandise from one shore to another. The Greek and Japanese own 30% of the world’s capacity of merchant ships, which is measured in tonnage.  Developing countries own 20% of the worlds shipping capacity. The top Merchandise Exporter is: The United States with a shipping value of 693.9 billion; the top service exporter is the United States exporting a value of 272.6 billion (John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild & Jerry C.Y. Han, 2006).


What Would Happen, if Nations Suddenly Stopped Trading?


      Many small countries depend on larger nations for imports to keep their economy running smoothly. Many large companies such as Mercedes-Benz import parts from Germany to be assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (USA). Once the car is assembled in Alabama it is then shipped back to Germany to be distributed to other countries (John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild & Jerry C.Y. Han, 2006).



In conclusion:  Every country is dependent on another country for exports and imports.  If countries suddenly stopped trading prices would go up on all products, products would not be available when needed and important products such as oil and natural resources that are vital to human existence would suddenly vanish.  Death and war would eventually take over human civilization and countries would have to reorganize starting from the survival mode, until stabilization is once resumed again. More than likely stabilization would require trading with other countries. It seems that humans are dependent on one another and we should all work together in solving our need for resources to sustain life on earth and beyond earth. (Gabriel De La Vega Jr., 2006)





1.  John J. Wild, Kenneth L. Wild, & Jerry C.Y. Han. (2006). Wild Wild Han. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458: Pearson/Prentice Hall.


  2. Gabriel De La Vega Jr. (2006, 19/02). International Business. Retrieved 19/02/2006, from


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