What is it?
The Drewry Global Container Port Throughput Index is a growth/decline index representing ocean container trade volumes at 220 ports around the world. This is an indicator of whether global shipping container volumes are growing or declining at major ports worldwide. If the index is growing we can assume that global trade is expanding and more volumes are flowing between ports. If it is declining, we can assume that global trade is slowing and less ocean containers are moving between ports.
Who is interested?
Anyone interested in whether global trade is increasing or decreasing over a given period of time. This would include (but not limited to) shippers, freight brokers, trucking company executives, market analysts, hedge fund managers, ocean carriers, port authorities, etc.
What does it tell me?
The Drewry Global Container Port Throughput Index is a volume growth/decline index based on monthly throughput data for a sample of over 220 ports worldwide, representing over 75% of global volumes. The base point for the indices is January 2012 = 100.