The goods and commodities shaping global trade

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The world has been transformed by international trade.

Networks moving raw materials and goods around the globe have helped make our lives more convenient, more diverse and more interconnected.

So what are the goods and commodities shaping the patterns of global trade, and who is trading with whom? From copper to cocoa, oil and cars, here are some of the important numbers.

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The service sector accounts for 64% of global wealth
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Worldwide use of copper has tripled in the last 50 years
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China's quest to rebuild the Silk Road
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China is the world's largest exporting country
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Half the world's cocoa comes from just two countries
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Some 95 million cars were manufactured globally last year
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Fish is one of the most commonly traded food items
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The price of crude oil has seen one of the sharpest booms and busts in modern history
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The world's biggest cargo ships can carry up to 10,000 40ft containers
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How the value of global trade in food is continuing to increase

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