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 235 ports worldwide, representing over 75% of global volumes. The base point for the indices is January 2012 = 100.

Drewry’s latest assessment — December 2021

  • After decreasing more than 3 points in September 2021, the Drewry port throughput index improved slightly by 1% (1.4 points) MoM in October 2021. However it was 1% below October 2020, but 4.1% above the level recorded in October 2019. Volume growth is expected to remain under pressure for the remainder of the year due to ongoing congestion across the major markets — China, North America, Europe.
  • Oceania was the weakest performer, with the index declining by 11 points (7.7%) YoY and 2.5 points (1.8%) MoM in October 2021. The score of 133.7 points is 5.4% lower than the level reported in October 2019. However, as the smallest of the world regions this did not have a material impact on the performance of the global index.
  • Latin America posted a strong YoY increase with a gain of 16 points (12.7%), and MoM increase of 4 points( 3.2%) to reach its all-time high of 141.5 points in October 2021. The index is 14.3% higher than the pre-pandemic October 2019 value of 124 points. The North American index witnessed 4.5% MoM growth, and despite being 1% lower than October 2020, the score of 162.6 points was 10.5% higher than the October 2019 level.

News on topic
Source: Lloyd's Loading List
Source: Railfreight
Source: Lloyd's Loading List
Analytics on topic
IRG-Rail Market Monitoring Report 2021
The Ninth IRG-Rail Market Monitoring Report includes data from 30 European countries covering the year 2019 and the first semester of 2020. Main findings of the annual data collection refer to network characteristics and track access charges, railway undertakings and European traffic, freight and passenger markets, and COVID-19 crisis during the first half of 2020.
Source: IRG-Rail