Container port throughput indices for September 2017 recorded 10 points higher than the same month in 2016 and nearly 12 points on the September 2015 level of 113 points, indicating “a clear improvemente in the market in 2017,” according to maritime consultancy and research firm Drewry’s quarterly report.
Compared to previous months July and August, September figures contracted by two points to 125.2, mainly on the back of poor performance from European ports.
Performance around the world
The analysis reveals 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.
Meanwhile, 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 lowest at 4.4%.
The document analyzes monthly data from 220 ports worldwide, which represent 75% of global volumes, recording volume growth/decline indices.
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