Did you know that the month of May is dedicated to celebrating the growth of world trade? Trade has been a core part of civilization for thousands and thousands of years. Historically, spices, textiles such as silk, and metals were some of the most commonly traded items. However, trade has evolved greatly due to technological advances over the years. Boats, automobiles, shipping containers and trade agreements are just a few things that have increased opportunities to conduct business across international borders. With more than 95% of the world's consumers living outside of the U.S., global trade is important to the growth of our nation as well as the continued improvement of the global economy.