Rotterdam - With 13.6 million tonnes of container freight handled, April of this year was the best month ever for the Port of Rotterdam. The previous record month was August 2018 (13.2 million tonnes). Measured in TEU, the standard unit for containers, April 2019 was the second-best month ever, with 1.3 million TEU, just a fraction lower than the record month of August 2018.
Rotterdam has expanded to become Europe’s largest container port, partly because of its depth. According to a statement, the port is “excellently placed” to accommodate further expansion in this growth market because: “there is sufficient available capacity at the deep-sea terminals; the port has good hinterland connections via inland shipping, road and rail; we are making considerable investments in the physical infrastructure, such as the Container Exchange Route, which enables faster and more cost-efficient exchange of containers between the terminals.”