The corona crisis is clearly leaving its mark on European ports. According to the European statistical office Eurostat, European ports accounted for the transhipment of 3.3 billion tons of goods last year. That represented a 7 percent year-on-year decline. The decline is attributable to the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions imposed by countries. The Netherlands remained the largest sea freight transport country within the EU, with Rotterdam leading the way in the ports.
Goods throughput in the EU reached its peak at 3.6 billion tonnes in 2019, the last year before the crisis. In 2020, the level of throughput was the same as in 2015. There was a clear decrease of 13 and 8 percent respectively in the second and third quarters of 2020.
In 2020, the Dutch ports handled 558 million tons of cargo volume. This means that the Dutch ports account for almost 17 percent of the EU total. The lion’s share, 12 percent of the European volume, is accounted for by Rotterdam. This put Rotterdam ahead of other major ports such as Antwerp and Hamburg. The Port of Rotterdam Authority had previously reported that transhipment in Rotterdam had fallen by 7 percent in 2020.
Italy and Spain are in second and third place after the Netherlands. Those Member States accounted for 14.1 and 13.7 percent of the total, respectively. Almost all countries in the EU saw a decline in port activity. This was not the case for Malta, Croatia and Cyprus.
Crisis noticeable in European ports, Rotterdam remains frontrunner
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