Shanghai Shipping Exchange launched on Wednesday the "Belt and Road" shipping indices, tracking trade data and shipping freight rates under the initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, reported China Securities Journal.
The indices, with January 2015 used as the base period, will be released on the last Monday of every month.
The Belt and Road Freight Trade Index (SRFTI), is designed to track the volume and value of international trade between China and 66 countries along the Belt and Road, which are in Asia, North Africa
, and Oceania, a statement of SSE said.
The Maritime Silk Road Freight Index (MSRFI), tracks the shipping freight rates of imported and exported containerised cargoes, imported dry bulk cargoes, and imported crude oil