Port of Rotterdam reaches agreement on port tariffs

Port of Rotterdam

After talks with Deltalinqs and the Association of Rotterdam Shipbrokers (VRC), the Port of Rotterdam Authority has reached an agreement on port tariffs for the next three years.

The newly announced tariffs are in line with inflation and the most recent developments in both the inland and maritime shipping markets.

The indexation of the port tariffs for 2022 amounts to 2.5%. These will then amount to 2.4% in 2023 and 2.3% in 2024. Discount schemes for port charges have also been put in place for sustainable ships and returning customers.

“Using the port dues to invest in an efficient and sustainable port is a must for improving our competitiveness,” said Victor van der Chijs, Chairman for Dektalinqs.

Kees Groeneveld, Chairman for the VRC, added “In order to provide substance to this drive, discussions will take place on how the exchange of data and further digitalisation can be used in an even more targeted way to increase the efficiency of the port. Portbase will play a central role in this connection.”

Allard Castelein, President and CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, also commented “We too, are pleased with the outcome, especially because it was achieved by ways of good mutual connection.

“We have managed to arrive at tariffs and discounts per segment that are competitive in comparison to the other ports, that represent market developments in the relevant segment and that reflect the social costs and benefits. The fact that they are fixed for the next three years also ensures clarity and stability.”

In this discussion, Deltalinqs, VRC, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority all also agreed to investigate how the port can further expand its leading role in sustainable shipping.

Furthermore, the port authority announced it is working on a new inland port dues system which aims to replace the current web portal by 1 January 2023. The new system allows for automatic declarations in addition to manual declarations and for payment in proportion to use.

This follows on from the news that the Port of Rotterdam is furthering its cybersecurity efforts with its new Secure Data Sharing Programme through its Port Community System (PCS) Portbase.

Announced in December 2021, the programme focuses on a chain-wide approach, with concrete solutions to make the information exchange between the different links in the container logistics chain more secure.

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