Rotterdam Sees Rise in Containers from China

Almost one quarter of the freight unloaded from containers in the port of Rotterdam, the European largest port, originates from China, according to figures published by Statistics Netherlands.

The number of containers arriving from the world’s second-largest economy rose by 9% last year. This increase is continuing this year, according to Statistics Netherlands, despite the decline in the Chinese economy.

Namely, the number of Chinese containers handled in Rotterdam in the first quarter of 2015 rose by almost 20% in the first quarter, while the total number of containers discharged in Rotterdam rose by 10%.

In the port of Rotterdam a total of 54 million tonnes of freight was discharged from containers in 2014. After China (12.2 million tonnes) come Singapore (3.2), the United States (3), the United Kingdom (2.8), Russia (2.2), Brazil (2.2), Ireland (2.0), Malaysia (1.7), Sweden (1.6) and Hong Kong, data provided by  Statistics Netherlands shows.

The total volume of container freight is placed on the quays at Rotterdam in almost four million containers.

The port of Rotterdam’s total throughput in the first half of 2015 increased by 6.8% compared to the first half of 2014.

This growth was almost entirely accounted for by the throughput of oil products (+29.7%), crude oil (+8.3%), containers (+3.7% in TEU) and roll-on/roll-off-transport (+9.6%).

The net result grew by EUR 3.1 million (USD 3.5 million) to EUR 122.5 million and the turnover in the first half of 2015 increased by EUR 14.7 million compared to the first half of 2014.

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