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Insights & Analysis

Welcome to Flexport Research

Logistics has been described as "a backstage pass to the world economy." As the technology platform for global logistics, Flexport has a unique vantage point on global trade and supply chains. Here we offer novel insights and analysis incorporating Flexport and third-party data.

Weekly Economic Report

Flexport Indicators

Air Timeliness Indicator (ATI)

Flexport’s Air Timeliness Indicator measures the amount of time taken to move airfreight from its point of consolidation to arrival at its final destination. The airfreight world tends to run along “trade lanes.” The two biggest trade lanes carry goods from Asia to North America and from Asia to Europe. The ATI captures timeliness on each of these. Last Update: June 19, 2022

Air Timeliness Indicator (ATI)

Flexport’s Air Timeliness Indicator measures the amount of time taken to move airfreight from its point of consolidation to arrival at its final destination. The airfreight world tends to run along “trade lanes.” The two biggest trade lanes carry goods from Asia to North America and from Asia to Europe. The ATI captures timeliness on each of these. Last Update: June 19, 2022

Ocean Timeliness Indicator (OTI)

Flexport’s Ocean Timeliness Indicator measures the amount of time taken to ship freight from the point at which cargo is ready to leave the exporter to when it is collected from its destination port. The ocean shipping world tends to run along “trade lanes.” The two biggest trade lanes carry goods from Asia to North America and from Asia to Europe. The OTI captures timeliness on each of these. Last Update: June 19, 2022

Logistics Pressure Matrix (LPM)

Flexport’s Logistics Pressure Matrix (LPM) gathers 10 data points in an attempt to provide a picture of the challenges facing logistics networks from the demand side and a view of ongoing activity on US-inbound routes. Last Update: June 21, 2022

Trade Activity Forecast (TAF)

Flexport’s Trade Activity Forecast augments traditional economic techniques for predicting U.S. merchandise imports with Flexport’s proprietary data. Details are provided for six industrial categories with versions available on seasonally adjusted and non-adjusted bases. Last Update: June 16, 2022

Post-Covid Indicator (PCI)

Flexport’s Post-Covid Indicator measures the balance between U.S. consumers’ spending on goods versus services, now augmented with divides between durable and nondurable goods and between nominal and real (inflation adjusted) figures. Last Update: June 15, 2022

Southeast Asia Sectoral Cost Indices (SEASCI)

What does comparative advantage look like in practice? Where’s the best place to produce consumer goods in Asia? Do the data suggest that changes in supply chain practices are needed? Flexport's SEASCI compares the cost of imports from six countries across four industries. Last Update: April 27, 2022

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