However, the index is slightly lower than the January 2019 level of 130.8 points but close to six points higher than one year ago in March 2018.

  • The leading region China saw the largest monthly growth of close to 30 points (27%) in March 2019. It was also around 9.1 points (7%) higher compared to March 2018.
  • Following China, the index figure for Asia (excluding China) was around 13.7% up (16 points) over February 2019 and close to 5.1% up versus March 2018.
  • North America was the region which saw the third largest monthly, as well as annual growth of 7.1% and 6.4% respectively in March 2019. However, the index was at a much lower level of 134.5 points compared to January 2019, when it reached at 142 points.
  • Latin America and Africa were the only regions where the throughput index experienced an annual decline (1.5% and 5.3% respectively). However both witnessed close to a 2% monthly increase in March 2019 over February.

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.