Capitol Report: This map shows what global trade really looks like

How does global trade really work? This interactive visualization takes a stab at that question, plotting where goods come and go in increments of $1 billion.

The map is the work of Max Galka, who on his Metrocosm blog makes a few points:

Global trade in goods is concentrated in just three countries: the U.S., China and Germany. U.S. trade with Mexico is more balanced than many may have thought (though the U.S. does run a trade deficit with its southern neighbor).

World trade has been a contentious topic in global politics, with President-elect Donald Trump coming to power in part on his message that trade has largely hurt the U.S.

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