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MariTrace supplies a daily record of global shipping activity, enabling timely analysis of major commodity import and export volumes for global maritime economies.

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The MariData DataFeed by MariTrace supplies a daily record of global shipping activity, enabling timely analysis of major commodity import and export volumes for global maritime economies. The dataset is generated through tracking the movements of commercial ships worldwide and resolving it into a record of each individual cargo movement. An estimate of the type and quantity of cargo being carried on each voyage is also provided.

The methodology used by MariTrace allows for the coverage of both import and export activity from all major ports globally. This global coverage enables sector, commodity and macro-level analysis of trading patterns and commodity flows between countries.

Data Overview

Asset Class: Approximately 7,500 global ports and over 500 commodity groups

Data Frequency: Daily

Delivery Frequency: Daily

History: Data available back to 2015

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Data Methodology

MariTrace captures all global shipping activity by collecting and analyzing information reported by commercial vessels. Global ship movements are captured in real-time using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data collected via satellite receivers. AIS is a mandatory system used by all commercial vessels worldwide to transmit geolocation information. MariTrace identifies when ships leave and enter ports using its proprietary port database, which was developed by systematically identifying where ships trade.

MariTrace leverages deep industry knowledge of shipping and port operations to estimate the type of cargo carried in each shipment based on the type of ship and/or the load port. This is effective because most ship types and port terminals are dedicated to specific cargo types. MariTrace also estimates the cargo quantity using the ship size and depth in the water, as reported through AIS.

Use Cases

Global Economic Interconnectivity

  • Reveal economic interdependence between commodity supply and demand, pricing and FX rates through deep insight into the exporters of key commodities, from the countries they trade with to the ports they ship out of.
    • For instance, bulk shipments of copper from Chile make up a significant portion of global copper exports. Daily records of the export volume from Chile provides insight into supply and demand likely to impact copper pricing and Chilean FX rates.
  • Leverage global coverage of maritime commodity trade to create macroeconomic indicators using aggregated import and export volumes for a given country, reflecting accurate volumes weeks to months before the official report release. Given the timeliness of this data, it is well suited for strategies that are exposed to commodity activity or their impacts on FX rates.

Event-Driven Supply Chain Impacts

  • Anticipate and monitor the impact of changing commodity supplies to FX rates and the upstream operations of companies that rely upon them. Daily global import and export activity enables the user to get ahead of these impacts and subsequent price movements.
  • Understand the downstream impacts of tariffs and sanctions, including the changing import and exports flows of the target country and economic opportunities presented to its alternative trading partners.
  • The granularity of the information included in this product also allows the user to measure changes to port activity in response to environmental events.

The details provided above are as of November 2019.

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