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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. The base point for the indices is January 2012 = 100.

Drewry Global Container Port Throughput Index
Drewry Global Container Port Throughput Index

Drewry’s latest assessment - November 2017

  • After showing increases in July and August 2017, the Drewry global container port throughput index contracted by two points to 125.2 in September 2017.
  • Nevertheless, the September 2017 figure was nearly 10 points up on the September 2016 figure and nearly 12 points up on the September 2015 level of 113 points, indicating the clear improvement in the market in 2017.
  • The index figures for Asia (exc. China), Europe, North America and Africa declined in September 2017 compared with the previous month, but all showed growth when compared with September 2016.
  • The global index delivered 8.5% annual growth in September 2017. Among the world regions, the Americas showed the highest annual increases (double-digit) whereas Europe was the lowest at 4.4%.
* Note that the index figures for Africa are based on a relatively small sample, and should be viewed with caution

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