The Dutch economy is deeply rooted in the city of Rotterdam. The city is a gateway between all of Europe and the Netherlands, which is a founding member of the EU, the Eurozone, and the WTO. It just makes sense for entrepreneurs to look to ocean freight to Rotterdam.
Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port. Its main activities are centred around general cargo handling, and petrochemical industries. The harbor is an important transit point for bulk materials passing between Europe and overseas.
Rotterdam offers prime access to markets in the UK and Germany, and has always been one of the main centres of the Netherlands’ shipping industry. Among the major companies headquartered in the city are Robeco, Unilever, and Shell Downstream. Pfizer, ABB Group, and Procter & Gamble are among those companies whose regional headquarters are in Rotterdam. With the city’s high economic profile, no one can afford to ignore the benefits of ocean freight to Rotterdam.
The port of Rotterdam 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. It is the largest port in Europe.
Every year, the port of Rotterdam helps generate 3.5 percent of the Netherlands’ GNP. At over 25 miles long, the port covers nearly 30 acres of land and water. Almost half of this is occupied by various businesses. Nearly 30,000 vessels come through annually.
Even the largest container vessels can access the port 24 hours a day, thanks to its unrestricted depth. You will find line connections to over 1,000 ports worldwide, and container transport connections to the rest of Europe. The port prides itself on competitive service providers and state-of-the-art terminals.
There are many other alternatives to your ocean freight to Rotterdam. These include other ports in the region such as the Port of Hamburg and the Port of Antwerp.
When shipping cargo to Rotterdam, your first step is to assess your shipping volume. You will then know whether you need a full container load (FCL) or a groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL). A shipment volume of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container, as a 40-foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, and a 20-foot container takes 10. A full container is also the choice for you if you need to ensure that your goods are shipped completely separately from those of other exporters.
If isolation of merchandise isn’t an issue, a shared container (LCL or groupage) is a cost-saving option that allows you to pay only for the container space you need. Contact iContainers for more information after you have had a look at our rates.
iContainers also provides door-to-door shipping to Rotterdam. As part of this door-to-door service, we’ll pick up and deliver your merchandise to and from the postal code indicated by you. Our door-to-door service to/from the Netherlands is available as long as you select any of the following ocean freight services:
For more information, please consult ship container rates for your ocean freight to Rotterdam here.
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