During March 2017, the Container Throughput Index of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) rose by a hefty 1.5 points. The index thus reached 126.0 points. This implies that the expansion of world trade continued regardless of the spectre of rising protectionist tendencies. The February estimate showed no need for revisions.
The flash-estimate for March is based on data reported by 38 ports, accounting for ~ 74% of the total index volume.
The RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index for April 2017 will be released on May 23rd.