Record Volumes of Freight Move Through Dutch Ports
More than 605 million metric tons of freight has moved through Dutch ports in 2018. This is a record volume. The total volume has grown over 50% in the past 20 years. The largest part of this moves through the Port of Rotterdam, with the Port of Amsterdam in second place. The ports in Zeeland and Groningen take care of the remainder of the volume.
About two-thirds of this volume was inbound, a third was outbound. Outbound volumes have more than doubled over the past 20 years. Inbound volumes have risen with 25 percent.
Out of the Box?
Twenty years ago 14% of all freight moving through Dutch ports was containerized. This has now grown to 21%. There was also a large increase in freight coming from the UK. Possibly this is related to Brexit, as many Brittish companies are moving stock to the European mainland to make sure they can service their customers if the Brexit doesn’t go as smooth as they are hoping.
Records All Around
The record volumes moving through Dutch ports meant records for the Customs Support Group as well. We processed record volumes of documents to make sure a large part of those goods were imported and exported smoothly and without unnecessary delay.
If you want to save time and want to be sure your shipments move without unnecessary delays at customs offices, contact one of our experts.
The data and information from this post came from a recent press release by the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics. You can read more here (in Dutch).