Global economic doldrums slowed emerging markets in 2012, but those countries remain bright spots for investors, manufacturers and logistics executives still wary of the uncertain outlook for the United States and Europe.

Emerging markets felt the effects of the continuing global slowdown in 2012 but generally weathered it better than developed countries that are their main markets. The 45 emerging markets featured in the 2013 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index grew at an average of 4.4%. In contrast, the U.S. economy grew at 2.2% while the EU contracted 0.2%. Learn more.