Port of Rotterdam recovering from global financial crisis
|January 1, 2010||Posted by Ocean Shipping Communication China under Port News|
The port of Rotterdam has recovered beyond all expectations from the global economic crisis, the port’s CEO said Thursday.
According to preliminary figures, the trans-shipment of goods at the port rose to 430 million tons in 2010, 11.1 percent up from 2009.
Port CEO Hans Smits attributed the increase to the growth of global trade as countries recovered from the financial crisis, and the booming economy of neighboring giant Germany. He meanwhile expected a further growth of 3 percent to 440 million tons in 2011.
“Rotterdam will continue to feel and pass on the heartbeat of the world economy,” Smits said.
In 2009, the loading and unloading of goods at the port of Rotterdam fell by 8.5 percent to 385 million tons, after a record high throughput in 2008.