2018: Port of Rotterdam cargo throughput hits 469m tons

Cargo volumes down 1.1% in 2016 at Port of Rotterdam


Cargo throughput at the Port of Rotterdam stood at 469 million tons in 2018. This represents 0.3% increase over the 467.4 million tons handled by the port in 2017. 

The volume of containers transshipped through the port also increased by 4.5% 

The port authority said the strong increase in container transshipment was a result of a market share gained in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. 

However, while container transshipment continued to grow, crude oil, mineral oil products and agribulk segments fell. 

Gross investments at the port rose 91% to EUR408.1 million, the highest amount since the construction of Maasvlakte 2. By far the largest part of this amount was used to further improve the logistical accessibility of the Port of Rotterdam. 

The port’s internationalization strategy was given a significant boost in 2018 by the acquisition of a minority stake in the Brazilian Port of Pecém. 

The port expects throughput volume to increase slightly in 2019, with container sector growth being lower than the exceptional levels seen in previous years.   



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