The city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is one of the foundations of the Dutch economy. The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU, the Eurozone, and the WTO, and Rotterdam is its gateway to the rest of Europe. It just makes sense for entrepreneurs to export from the US to Rotterdam.

Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port, whose main activities are petrochemical industries and general cargo handling and shipment. The harbor is an important transit point for bulk materials moving between Europe and overseas.

Rotterdam has always been one of the main centres of the shipping industry in the Netherlands, and offers prime access to markets in the UK and Germany. Many well-known companies are headquartered in the city, including Unilever, Robeco, and Shell Downstream. Rotterdam is also home to the regional headquarters of Pfizer, ABB Group, and Procter & Gamble. With the city’s high economic profile, no one can afford to ignore the benefits of beginning to export from the US to Rotterdam.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

The first step when shipping a container to Rotterdam is to assess your shipping volume. This will help determine whether you require a full container load (FCL) or a shared container (LCL). As a 40-foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, and a 20-foot container takes 10 standard pallets, a shipment volume of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container. FCL is also the best choice if you wish to isolate your goods from those of other exporters to eliminate any potential for damage as a result of contact with others’ merchandise.

Otherwise, groupage, also known as a shared container (LCL), is a cost-saving option that allows you to pay only for the container space you use. Consult iContainers for rates, then contact us for more information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Rotterdam

  • Port of Rotterdam
    The port of Rotterdam is the tenth-largest cargo port in the world, and the largest in Europe. It offers access to the heart of Western Europe, including the Ruhr region, via the Scheldt, Meuse, and Rhine rivers. The port of Rotterdam is run by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and handles nearly 550 million tons of goods each year.
    Almost half of the nearly 30 acres of land and water that make up the port is occupied by various businesses. Nearly 30,000 vessels come through every year. The port helps generate 3.5 percent of the Netherlands’ GNP annually.
    The port’s unrestricted depth offers 24-hour access to even the largest container vessels. It also offers line connections with over 1,000 ports worldwide and excellent container transport connections to the rest of Europe. Competitive service providers and state-of-the-art terminals are the pride of the port.

Air Freight Transportation to Rotterdam

If you are working with a short deadline for an urgent shipment, air freight may be a more suitable choice than ocean freight. Volume and weight impose some limitations on air freight; consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine whether this is your most suitable option.