Entrepreneurs, workers, producers and consumers. Today, trade accounts for roughly 60% of global GDP and it’s the pulse of the global economy. Trade inspires ideas to travel, drives businesses to grow and allows for people to prosper. Meet the heart of trade: people. Meet Emma & Claire, David, Sefa, Sandra and Miguel.

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Trade is a human trait

People trading with each other over long distances dates back at least 9,000 years. History has since shown that successful societies have trade and openness as their lifeblood. According to historians, it is no coincidence that the world’s most advanced cultures, cities and peoples have developed along trade routes. People from trading societies are constantly learning and borrowing from other cultures to stimulate new advances in science, philosophy, language and technology.

Today’s trade routes are radically different from those of the past, but the benefits are the same. Instead of mountain paths for camel-drawn caravans, 90% of world trade is now carried by container ships, making trade a lot faster, easier and more accessible. Global supply chains are constantly becoming more efficient, allowing entrepreneurs to enter new markets and existing businesses to find new customers and source productivity-boosting input from anywhere in the world. This grows companies and expands the tax base that underpins the social safety net in many countries.

Trade drives growth

David Li, Sefa Gohoho-Boatin and Claire and Emma Laukitis work with A.P. Moller - Maersk either directly or indirectly to import/export their goods around the world. And so do thousands of entrepreneurs like them. The Transport & Logistics division of A.P. Moller - Maersk consists of Maersk Line, APM Terminals, Damco, Svitzer and Maersk Container Industry. The mission of these businesses is to enable and facilitate global supply chains and provide opportunities for our customers to trade globally. This is at the heart of what we do. Every day.