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RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index: World trade returns to growth

Press release from 21 November 2019

The Container Througput Index of RWI and the Institute for Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) rose again slightly in October to 139.9 according to the current flash estimate.

Graph Container-Throughput-Index

The most important results:

• The Container Throughput Index of RWI and the Institute for Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) rose slightly by 0.6 points to 139.9 in October

• At the same time, the figures for the past two months were slightly revised downwards.

•The slight upward trend of the past few months has thus become more pronounced, indicating that world trade is now growing moderately again.

• However, the flash estimate for October is based on the data for 38 ports, which account for only about 43 percent of the handling volume shown in the index. This leads us to expect even greater revisions.

• The RWI/ISL Container Handling Index for November 2019 will be published on 20 December 2019.

RWI Economic Director Roland Döhrn comments on the development of the index: "The index is rising only slightly, but continuously in the meantime. World trade seems to be gaining momentum again."

About the RWI/ISL container throughput index:

The index includes the data on container transhipment in 83 international ports, which are continuously collected by the ISL as part of its market observation and account for around 60 percent of global container transhipment. Since international trade is mainly handled by sea, container transhipments allow reliable conclusions to be drawn about world trade. Because many ports already report on their activities two weeks after the end of a month, the RWI/ISL Container Handling Index is a reliable early indicator of the development of international trade in processed goods and thus also of global economic activity.



Prof. Dr. Roland Döhrn, Tel.: (0201) 8149-262,
Leonard Goebel (Pressestelle),   Tel.: (0201) 8149-210,

Index data

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