Future of world trade

Top 25 sea and air freight routes in 2030

World trade has bounced back since the global economic downturn, but to what extent will this trend continue over the next 20 years? Will the rise of emerging economies fundamentally change the trade landscape? And what will be the most lucrative trade routes by 2030?

In this report, economists at PwC use bespoke modelling techniques to project bilateral trade, requiring either sea or air freight, between 29 economies over the next two decades. The analysis focuses on countries that are either already displaying high levels of foreign trade or are expected to experience fast growth in trade over the next 20 years, in order to identify the top sea and air freight routes by 2030.