My esteemed colleague Sebastian Krapohl has just published a major book on regional integration. The major argument is that regional integration in the global „South“ follows a different logic than integration in the „North“, i.e. in the EU. I´m very happy that I could contribute to this book with a chapter on trade networks that corroborates this argument and shows the very different trade networks underlying, e.g. ASEAN, MERCOSUR and SADC.