Global container freight index shows continued weakness in world trade

The Container Throughput Index of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) fell to 116.8 points in May 2016 (revised April estimate: 117.9).

The Institutes note that this is the lowest value computed for the index since the end of 2013 and suggests a continuous weakness of the development of the world trade in goods.

The flash-estimate for may is based on data reported by 41 ports, accounting for roughly three quarters of the total index volume. The April figure has only been revised marginally (+0.2).

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

Source: ISL

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