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Global trade to see weakest growth since Great Recession: WTO

Global trade is forecast to weaken this year to the slowest pace since the depths of the Great Recession due to the U.S.-China trade war. The World Trade Organization lowered its forecast for global growth Tuesday to the lowest level since 2009.

World Trade Organization lowered its forecast for global growth due to ongoing U.S.-China trade war

'The darkening outlook for trade is discouraging but not unexpected,' said Roberto Azevedo, director general of the World Trade Organization, which has lowered its forecast for global growth due to the U.S.-China trade war. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone/Associated Press)

Global trade is forecast to weaken this year to the slowest pace since the depths of the Great Recession due to the U.S.-China trade war.

The World Trade Organization said Tuesday it expects volumes of traded goods to rise 1.2 per cent this year, far below the 2.6 per cent estimate it issued in April and the weakest since 2009.

Next year's growth was estimated to drop to 2.7 per cent from 3.0 per cent, but the organization warned that still depends on solving trade disputes.

The U.S. and China in particular are in a wide-ranging dispute that has led to new tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of traded goods. There is little expectation of an imminent resolution to the disagreement, which continues to sap economic growth.

"The darkening outlook for trade is discouraging but not unexpected," said WTO chief Roberto Azevedo.

The WTO sees continued risks from the trade wars, saying that "further rounds of tariffs and retaliation could produce a destructive cycle of recrimination."

The organization noted some economies are slowing anyway and other issues, such as the U.K's anticipated exit from the European Union, are adding to uncertainty for businesses trading goods.

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