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RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index hitting all-time-high at the end of 2016

Press release from 24 January 2017

During December 2016, the Container Throughput Index of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) reached a new all-time-high of 124.3 points. The previous record was observed in Feb. 2015 (122.8 points).

The fourth consecutive increase of the index indicates that the world trade has gained momentum noticeably at the end of 2016.

The flash-estimate for December is based on data reported by 38 ports, accounting for close to ~ 75% of the total index volume. The estimate for November 2016 has been revised upwards slightly.

The RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index for January 2017 will be released on February 21st.

Container Throughput Index

As a part of their monthly reporting many ports publish data on container throughput expressed in twenty foot equivalent units (TEU). ISL collects these data systematically in its port database. Currently, the data base covers 81 ports providing time series of monthly figures which are long enough to be integrated into the indicator. In these ports about 60% of world container throughput is handled.



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