Global container freight index hit record high at the end of 2016

The Container Throughput Index of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) reached a new all-time-high of 124.3 points in December. The previous record was observed in Feb. 2015 (122.8 points).

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

The index is based on data of 81 world container ports covering approximately 60% of worldwide container handling

The flash-estimate for December is based on data reported by 38 ports, accounting for close to 75% of the total index volume.

Source: ISL

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