Container Trade Statistics (CTS) estimates that global container shipping demand in April 2022 is 14.3 million TEUs, which is 4% lower than in April 2021 and only 1.5% higher than the pre-pandemic level of April 2019.
The volume of container imports into Europe in April 2022 is 8% behind the levels of April 2021 and April 2019, and the growth of imports into North America is up to 1% slower over the same period.
Container exports from Asia decreased by 3% in April 2022 compared to a year earlier, but still remain 8% higher than the pre-pandemic level. Imports into Asia were 5% lower than in April 2021 and only 1.5% higher than in April 2019.
The Freight Rate Index recovered to 196 points in April after dropping to 192 in March.