Port of Rotterdam freight totals dropped a little in 2016

The Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that throughput of freight in Rotterdam fell in 2016 by 1.1% to 461.2 million tonnes.

The fall was largely be attributed to dry bulk such as ores and coal. Liquid bulk managed to hold on to the high level reached in 2015. At the time the sector was growing by overt 10%. Last year, 1.2% more containers (TEU) were handled.

Containers shipments rose by 1.2% to 12.4 million TEU (twenty feel equivalent unit) and saw a 0.6% increase in weight to 127.1 million tonnes.

More cargo was shipped to and from the Far East and North America, but less went to South America. Within Europe, both feeder traffic and short sea traffic between Rotterdam and Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Portugal increased.

In the second half of the year, the two new container terminals at Maasvlakte 2 underwent strong growth. In the first half of the year they jointly handled 0.6 million TEU, rising to 1.1 million TEU in the second half of the year.

As in previous years, Rotterdam’s share of the market in de Hamburg-Le Havre range was around 30%.

Source: Port of Rotterdam Authority

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