Essen - The German research institutes RWI and ISL see “clear signs that world trade is currently stagnating at best”. Their Container Throughput Index fell slightly in September 2018 from (revised) 133.3 to 133.2 compared to the previous month.
According to the latest data, the index, which is a leading indicator of world trade, has fallen for the second month in a row. In the meantime, the index has already fallen below its 2-point high in January 2018.
The index includes container handling data for 88 international ports, which account for about 60 percent of global container throughput.