October 23, 2020

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Shrinking of the port of Rotterdam, but less large than feared

Shrinking of the port of Rotterdam, but less large than feared

Throughput in the port of Rotterdam has fallen by more than 9% in the last six months. Coal, ores and oil products in particular were less likely to enter the port. The reduced demand for fuels, steel mills and coal-fired power plants from home reduced their production. Biomass and liquefied natural gas were skipped a little more in the port.

At the beginning of the Corona crisis, President and Ceo Allard Castelein of the Port of Rotterdam feared a 20% decrease compared to the previous year, but now trade with countries around the world is starting to get back on track. “Fortunately, we have been able to keep the port fully operational in recent months,” he said. “Last quarter volumes were better than expected”

He expects more recovery in the port later this year, but the old pre-pandemic turnover figures are not coming back for the time being, he says.

Container throughput fell 3 percent. From Asia, there were significantly fewer containers coming to the port of Rotterdam, but the export of containers from the Netherlands increased.