The Container Throughput Index of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) declined by 1.4 points during April 2017. The noticeable decline most likely reflects a correction after the extraordinarily strong increase of handling volumes recorded during March. Currently, the flash estimate for April stands at 124.3 points. The March estimate for the seasonally adjusted RWI/ISL index has been revised down by 0.3 points to 125.7 points. This revision is purely attributable to mathematical reasons. The non-seasonally adjusted index, which represents the effective volumes of containers handled in the ports, actually needed to be revised upwards by 0.4 points. All in all, both indices have been significantly higher in April 2017 than they have been at the start of the year 2017.
The flash-estimate for April is based on data reported by 43 ports, accounting for ~ 80% of the total index volume.
The RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index for May 2017 will be released on June 22nd.