Our cargo lookup function offers the ability to view cargo imports and exports by country and on a bi-lateral level. The focus is on the primary cargo selected. Data will then be displayed by country.

Departures & Arrivals

The green box on the left of the screen presents both arrivals and departures for bulker and tanker cargoes. Departures being the exports, and arrivals being imports. Departure data provides the most recent exports from countries, whereas arrivals data is confirmed imports that may have set sail 2-6 weeks before. The advantage of import data is you see the country of origin whereas departures only show you the next country visited. Therefore, transhipment cargoes will be recorded in another move.

By switching to import via departures, this reflects mirrored data (or vice versa). This data is where each country says where its exports are headed to rather than the recorded imports. However, if you wish to see the actually received import data then its accessible through the arrivals option in the green box.

Allow us to run you through the options.  To view exports of a specific cargo, such as steam coal, we would ensure we are on the cargo lookup page. We would then make sure we have selected the right type of departures from the green selection box – in this case, Bulker Departures.

Cargo Groups

Once the selection filters have loaded, choose the right cargo group – in this instance, Coal. The next filter box on the right allows you to view sub categories for that cargo. For coal, we are able to choose from Anthracite, Coking Coal, Lignite and Steam Coal. We would select Steam Coal for this example query.

Choosing Data Periods

There are a variety of possible options for what format you’d like to view the data period in.

Annual total, year on year percentage, monthly total, month on month percentage, month on year percentage, quarterly total, quarter on quarter percentage and quarter on year percentage.

Choosing Data Types

It’s also possible to choose what unit of data you’d like to look at. Options include tonnes, tonne miles, average miles, market share in tonnes or market share in tonne miles. It’s also possible to look at vessel utilisation for dry bulk and tanker vessel types. For example:  Capesize, Panamax, Supramax, or Handysize.

As mentioned, data will be displayed by country. It’s possible to change the way country data is grouped in the country filter. You can choose from Coastlines, Sub-continent, Continent and Maritime Zone. Coastlines splits larger countries, such as Russia, into coastal shipping routes. See how Russia has been divided into Russia Pacific, Russia Black Sea, Russia Baltic, and Russia Barents. Maritime zones are how we’ve grouped shipping areas which consist of many smaller countries, such as the Black Sea or the Mediterranean.


With each data selection, estimates are shown in green. Estimates occur when a full set of data is not yet available and are based purely on algorithm. You can choose whether you’d like to view estimates in your data results by ticking or unticking the estimates box.

Full Period

By ticking the full period box, data from either the last 20 years or the last 3 years will be available depending on which data period format has been selected. Without ticking the box, data from the last 5 years or the last year will be presented.

Seaborne Data

The seaborne option only reflects cargo which avoids inland routes for countries without sea borders. By removing the tick from this box, you can view both seaborne and non-seaborne data.


To choose one country or area’s bi-lateral trade partner, options are presented in the Reporter selection.

If you have any further questions about using cargo look-up, please contact our team.