Port of Rotterdam had record growth in 2012

Despite the ailing economy, freight throughput in the port of Rotterdam grew by 1.7% in 2012. A total of 442 million tonnes of cargo went through the port.

Port of Rotterdam is increasingly becoming a hub for global trade

Hans Smits, President and CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Although the growth is limited, it is another record for Rotterdam. Container throughput increased slightly in 2012, thanks especially to exports. In the dry bulk market segment, the declining steel production in Europe was responsible for reduced throughput, especially of ore. This shift was more than compensated by the growth in liquid bulk: more crude oil and oil products particularly were handled. The latter category has actually tripled in size over the past ten years. That shows that the port of Rotterdam is increasingly becoming a hub for global trade. This helps the port to continue to grow, as global trade generally develops faster than the Dutch and the European economies. The positive throughput figures for this year do not alter the fact that the profit margins for many companies are under pressure, some businesses are in the red and some are dismissing staff.” The Port of Rotterdam Authority expects growth of around 2% next year.

The market share of the port of Rotterdam in the Hamburg-Le Havre range increased over the past five years by an average of 0.5 percentage points per year to 37.7% in the third quarter of 2012. The difference with Hamburg and Antwerp in the container segment which arose in 2009 was preserved.

In view of the prospects of the development of the Dutch and European, and especially the German economies, the Port of Rotterdam Authority expects growth of around 2% in 2013. This means that the throughput for next year will probably approach 450 million tonnes.

Source: Port of Rotterdam press release, www.portofrotterdam.com