Rotterdam Posts Breakbulk Growth

4.4 Percent Rise in Q3

Breakbulk volumes at the Port of Rotterdam grew 4.4 percent in the third quarter, according to the latest figures from the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
The authority reported growth in heavy cargo and special project transport related to hulls for inland vessels. The port also posted an increase across traditional markets, such as aluminium, steel and paper.
“We again saw healthy growth,” said Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, adding, “What is worrying, however, is that the relationship between the world’s major trading blocs remains strained, as does the continuing uncertainty about the introduction of trade tariffs after Brexit."

Roll-on/roll-off volumes were “strongly influenced” by a possible Brexit with stocks piled up during the first quarter bu thte PRA notes that the “expectation is that … growth will continue to pick up in October in the run-up to the new Brexit date.”

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