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Drewry: Port Throughput Indices

The Drewry Container Port Throughput Indices are a series of volume growth/decline indices based on monthly throughput data for a sample of over 220 ports worldwide, representing over 75% of global volumes.

Drewry’s latest assessment – March 2018
There was a positive start to the new year with 2.7% month-on-month increase in the global container port throughput index in January 2018, more than three points up compared to December 2017.

The January 2018 global figure was more than eight points up on the January 2017 level (representing 7.1% growth) and nearly fifteen points up on the January 2016 level of 112 points.The healthy growth experienced by the world’s ports in 2017 appears to have continued into the beginning of 2018.

After five months of continuous decline, the largest region China bounced back and outpaced all other regions with a ten point increase over December 2017, likely influenced by the impending Chinese New Year. The annual increase was slightly more, being close to 11 points and showing annual growth of 8.6%, the highest of any region.

On a month-on-month basis, Asia (exc. China) and the Americas were in negative territory in January 2018. However they showed positive annual growth when compared to January 2017, albeit Latin America’s growth was marginal.

Africa and Europe showed 3.9% and around 1% month-on-month growth respectively, but both were close to 5% annual growth.

Source: Drewry

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