'These quarterly figures show that the economy is continuing its upward path. Now factories, businesses and logistics are operating flat out again to meet increased demand,' said Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein.The only decreases were in agribulk (-12.8 per cent ) and LNG (-1.8 per cent ), he said.
The throughput of containers has been high since autumn 2020, said the port authority Consumers are spending generously and the economy is recovering from the Covid in 2020, with volumes being higher than in 2019.
'This strong demand, in combination with various disruptions in 2021, means that pressure on the logistics chain continues to be high. This also led to persistently high transport prices,' said the press release.
The increase in the throughput of empty containers had a minor effect. The largest effect came from the sharp fall in the average weight of full containers.
Movement of heavy, low-value, goods declined. This effect was strongest in the case of export containers but it was also seen in imports, the release said.
Overall, throughput rose 14.6 per cent more than in the same period last year. Throughput was 350.1 million tonnes through to the end of the third quarter, an increase of 8.6 per cent on 2020.
During that time, there was strong growth in almost all throughput segments, and particularly in mineral oil products (+13.5 per cent), iron ore and scrap metal (+42 per cent), coal (+48.4 per cent) and biomass (+18.7 per cent).