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RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index has decreased slightly in April

(PresseBox) (Essen/Bremen , ) In April, the Container Throughput Index of the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) has decreased slightly to 113.4 from (revised) 114.0 in February. This was the first decline of the indicator since November 2011, indicating that world merchandise trade has lost momentum. The flash forecast for April is based upon data of 36 ports which represent about 70% of the total volume covered by the Index. The March data released one month ago were revised marginally only.

The Index is based on data for 72 international ports covering more than 60% of world container handling. These ports are continuously monitored by the ISL as part of their market analysis. Because large parts of international merchandise trade are transported by ship, the development of port handling is a good indicator for world trade. As many ports release information about their activities only two weeks after the end of the respective month, the RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index is a reliable early indicator for the development of international merchandise trade and hence for the activity of the global economy.

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The ISL - Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics was founded in Bremen in 1954 and is one of Europe's leading institutes in the area of maritime research, consulting and knowledge transfer today. Around 60 employees in Bremen and Bremerhaven handle projects from all over the world in the fields of logistics systems, maritime economics and transport as well as information logistics and turn innovative ideas into solutions with practical applicability. The Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) was founded in 1926 and sees itself as a modern center for scientific research and evidence-based policy advice. The guiding principle is to analyze the "individual prosperity and economic policy options in the demographic and social change."