ICC Releases Global Survey 2014 Rethinking Trade and Finance

4778_image002The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released the Global Survey 2014: Rethinking Trade and Finance, its largest and most comprehensive Global Survey to date – including data from 298 banks across 127 countries. The survey concludes that the growth rate of international trade has dropped drastically when compared to the years before the global financial crisis.

Survey highlights include:

Lack of available trade finance caused global trade growth to slow

Global trade growth was a shade above 3 percent during 2013, although picked up to an annualized growth rate of 4 during the first quarter of 2014 and is anticipated to accelerate beyond 5 percent through 2016. However, in terms of the “trade finance gaps,” 41 percent of survey respondents reported that they perceived a shortfall of trade finance globally.

KYC and AML regulations caused banks to decline transactions and close relationships

Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations caused 68 percent of respondents to decline transactions, and nearly a third (31 percent) to close down correspondent account relationships.

G20 countries stalled agenda to open up world trade through trade-restrictive measures

G20 countries accounted for three quarters of the trade restrictive measures imposed since 2008, with Word Trade Organization figures showing that these countries introduced 193 new trade restrictive measures between December 2012 and November 2013. Such restrictions – many of which are protectionist and therefore trade distorting – have stalled the agenda to open up world trade.

Read more on the ICC website.

Read about the ICC’s 2014 Trade Register Report.

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Staff Contact:   Eva Hampl

Senior Director, Investment, Trade and Financial Services
Tel: 202.682.0051

Eva Hampl coordinates USCIB work on investment and financial policy issues. She is responsible for issues management, policy development, secretariat support to relevant USCIB committees and participating in membership development activities. Before joining USCIB in 2014, Hampl completed a GE fellowship in its Global Government Affairs and Policy division. Prior to her fellowship she served as a trade associate with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
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