Globalization

The Power of Global Trade

Global trade gives people access to ideas, technology, opportunities - all the stuff of a better life. Precisely why we need more of it, especially now

   

Why an interconnected world is a better world

At DHL, we are guided by a simple yet powerful idea: global trade connects people and improves lives. As a logistics provider, building those ties is our business and our passion. When more people have access to goods, services and information, the quality of life on our planet improves. And in times of crisis, staying connected is more important than ever.

Globalization is an essential force with vast untapped potential to improve lives

In recent decades, we have seen how increased trade and interaction have raised prosperity and choice, reduced poverty, cultivated diversity, and enriched lives culturally in many places around the world. Globalization – the growing connectedness of people, businesses, societies, and countries worldwide – is, in fact, omnipresent today. Clearly, an exceptionally positive force is at work here – one that we need to harness better. The more open, connected, and integrated societies and businesses become, the more opportunities for prosperity, freedom, and stability we can create all over the world.

In the wake of the pandemic, we have certainly seen how much our well-being depends on the rapid delivery of essential supplies, such as personal protective equipment, around the world. State-of-the-art global supply chains ensure that important goods continue to be produced, transported, and delivered to the people who need them. They keep medicines, flowing, shelves stocked, and businesses running.

Digital technology is bringing the world together, keeping us connected, and opening up even more and completely new opportunities. It’s easier and faster than ever to seize upon new ideas from all over the world, benefit from ground-breaking innovations, and take a ride on the global information highway. That is why we believe that an interconnected world is clearly a better world. In other words: we need more – not less – globalization.

21%

SHARE OF GLOBAL GDP FROM EXPORTS (VALUE ADDED)

US$19.3T

VALUE OF GLOBAL TRADE IN 2018

48%

Share of developing countries in world trade