Rotterdam port hits record 467 million tonnes of freight in 2017

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The port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest, continued to grow in 2017 spurred by a significant gain in container throughput, the port authority said in a statement on Thursday.

Total cargo throughput increased by 1.3% to 476 (461) million tonnes with the port returning to the growth trend seen before 2016.

Container throughput was significantly higher at 142.6 million tonnes, a 12.3% gain over the previous year.  In terms of TEUs – the usual way to express container numbers – throughput was 10.9% higher at 13.7 million.

The increase in containers was offset by a fall in dry bulk of 2.6% and in liquid bulk of 4.1%. Break bulk (roll-on/roll-off and other break bulk) increased by 7%.

The port authority booked net profit 16.5% lower at €187m on turnover 4.6% higher at  €712.1m in 2017. The net was lower because the port authority was subject to corporation tax from 1 January of that year. Investments rose by 18.9% to € 213.8m. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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