Stifel Logistics Confidence Index – April 2014

The latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index, compiled by Transport Intelligence (Ti) has changed little from 57.0 in March to 56.9 this month although the overall index improved by 1.6 points to 51.8. This slight optimism was however, offset by expectations for the next six months which fell 1.8 points to 62.0.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index – April 2014


The latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index, compiled by Transport Intelligence (Ti) has changed little from 57.0 in March to 56.9 this month although the overall index improved by 1.6 points to 51.8. This slight optimism was however, offset by expectations for the next six months which fell 1.8 points to 62.0.

Monthly airfreight data reflected this trend with the present situation for April increasing 0.5 points to 49.0, while expectations declined 2.0 points to 61.3. The present situation indicates a current market in contraction due to the index figure below the 50-level. However, compared to April 2013, the present situation has improved 7.0 points.

By lane, all lanes except US to Europe, are below the 50-level but compared to the same month in 2013, significant improvement has been made. Europe to Asia has improved at 8.1 points higher than 2013 followed by US to Europe up 7.1 points with April seeing the US to Europe lane reach above the 50-level for the first time since the Stifel survey began. The airfreight expected situation declined on all trade lanes except Europe to Asia which noted a 1.2 point increase to 62.0.

The overall sea freight logistics confidence index increased 0.6 points to 58.6 due to increases in the present situations, while in a similar situation to airfreight, the expected situation declined 1.6 points to 62.6.