The 2016 Cold Chain Top Markets Report is being launched during a time of increased interest in international trade. The completion of negotiations in the Trans Pacific Partnership, and hopes for its quick ratification, has sparked expectations of improved opportunities to expand trade within partner countries. The report also comes at a time when an increasing understanding of the global value chains that are the key drivers for the flow of trade in both goods and services is impacting the way that industries and government view trade in terms of investment and policy development. As a business function of distribution services, cold chain services are force multipliers that create a world of opportunities for related trade and exports of goods. A cold chain can most readily be defined as a series of warehousing and distribution activities that is designed to ensure ideal storage and transportation conditions for temperature-sensitive products.