Rotterdam remains the largest European port serving China
FEB 7, 2015: Rotterdam became the first European port to handle more than 3 million TEU (20-foot container units) going to or coming from China, said Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein. At the meeting he analysed the throughput figures for 2014 and indicated trends for a large group of port entrepreneurs. In 2008, Hamburg handled the most 'China containers' 2.6 million against Rotterdam's 2.2 million. The German port suffered greatly during the crisis of 2009, whereas Rotterdam's throughput only declined moderately. Since then, Rotterdam has been the main European port for 'China containers', though the lead on Hamburg remains small. In 2013, Hamburg handled 2.3 million TEU; Rotterdam handled 2.4 million. Anticipating the definitive figures, the Port of Rotterdam Authority expects an increase of at least 10 percent over 2014. The Chinese share of Rotterdam's throughput will be significant and likely increase again in 2015. There are currently 18 container services per week between Chinese ports and Rotterdam.