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RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index remains upbeat

Press release from 20 July 2017

The Container Throughput Index of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the ISL - Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics once more rose – albeit lightly – from 126.5 (revised figure) to 126.6 points during June 2017. Despite the downwards revisions by 0.7 points for May, there is still strong indication for a robust expansion of world trade.

Container Throughput Index

The index is based on data continuously collected from world container ports by ISL as part of its market monitoring. Because large parts of international merchandise trade are transported by ship, the development of port handling is a good indicator for world trade. As many ports release information about their activities only two weeks after the end of the respective month, the RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index is a reliable early indicator for the development of international merchandise trade and hence for the activity of the global economy. Together, the 82 ports covered in the index account for about six out of ten containers handled worldwide. The flash estimate for June is based on data from 38 ports that account for about 70 percent of the total RWI/ISL Index.

The RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index for July 2017 will be released on August 22nd.



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