RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index slightly down in June
Press Release of 24.07.2012
The RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index decreased slightl in June: The seasonally adjusted value dropped from 114.2 (revised) to 113.5. This indicates a continuation of the weak of international trade growth that had already been observed in the past months. Since ist peak value in March 2012, the index shows a slightly decreasing trend, though the downward movement is not very pronounced.
The flash forecast for June is based on data from 28 ports representing roughly two thirds of the volume included in the Index. The index values for May and April were revised slightly downwards since the last publication of the index based on data received from the ports that were still missing last month.
The Index is based on data for 72 international ports covering more than 60% of world container handling. These ports are continuously monitored by the ISL as part of their market analysis. 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.
The RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index for July will be published on August 27th.
For further information, please contact:
Sönke Maatsch (ISL), Tel.: +49 421 220 96-32,
Sabine Weiler (Press Office RWI), Tel.: +49 0201 81 49-213,
Further information about the RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index is available at www.rwi-essen.de/containerindex.