Port of Rotterdam expects container traffic to remain high in 2022

AMSTERDAM, December 22 (Reuters) – Container traffic at the port of Rotterdam has reached an all-time high this year and is expected to be high again in 2022, Europe’s largest seaport said on Wednesday.

The port said it had received 15 million containers this year until Wednesday, marking the first time that a European port has reached this level.

Containerized freight, measured in twenty-foot-long container equivalent (TEU), increased by at least 5% in 2021 compared to last year, when transport was severely disrupted for months during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The number of containers handled in Rotterdam fell by 3% in 2020, after the record of 14.8 million TEUs set in 2019.

“We expect Rotterdam’s container terminals to remain occupied in 2022,” said port commercial director Emile Hoogsteden.

“The international container fleet and terminal capacity are not growing enough to meet demand.

Rotterdam received its first container in 1966 and reached the level of 1 million TEU for the first time in 1974. Traffic increased to 5 million containers in 1997 and doubled to reach 10 million per year in the decade that followed.

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Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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