Rotterdam Sparks Norwegian Trade Boom


Volumes passing through Rotterdam to and from Norway are expanding, with around 12,000 DFDS Logistics containers passing through Rotterdam each year.

Harald de Vos, Traffic Manager for DFDS Logistics, said: “We feel that there is a growing awareness among companies that sea transport is as fast, less expensive and even more environmentally-friendly than transportation via road.

“When exporting to Norway, they don’t have to bother about the pick-up and delivery of freight as we provide a door-to-door service with the Port of Rotterdam as an important hub.”

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“Cargo shipped to Norway consists of two types of transport. First, we have cargo that we pick up within 200 kilometres from Rotterdam. Up to 24 hours before departure, these are regarded as rush deliveries.

“Customers include producers and end consumers of goods such as frozen bread from the Benelux countries and France, and fruit and vegetables from the Rotterdam region. Rotterdam really functions as a hub that links our important freight destinations and the port is well situated to take cargo from a wide area.”

It was previously reported that Rotterdam had increased its port tariffs. Sea-going vessels will have to pay a 0.5% increase in 2016.

The Port of Rotterdam has also recently established a strategic partnership with the Bank of China in order to boost European trade links with the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative.

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