The Port of Rotterdam booked record throughput in 2010, with an 11% increase on 2009 results and a 2% increase on the previous record in 2008.

Imports increased by 12% to 306 million tons, while exports rose by 9% to 124 million tons. The total throughput of dry bulk cargo increased by almost 28% to 85 million tons, while the throughput volume of liquid bulk rose by just under 6% to 209 million tons. Handling of containers improved by almost 12% in comparison with last year and at 112 million tons was once again the most important cargo category in Rotterdam.

Rotterdam further expanded its position in the quantitatively biggest trade route, that between Europe and Asia. More and more ships of steadily increasing size are being used on this route and these are able to call at Rotterdam more easily than at competing ports.

Port authority president Hans Smits commented that the increase in shipments is “better than all expectations”, and that the Port expects 2011’s results to be even better.

For more information, contact Ms Linnie Mackenzie, Area Director or Ms Adeline Tan, Senior Project Manager, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency at 6739 1135 / 6739 1137, email: mackenzie@nfia-singapore.com or tan@nfia-singapore.com