Russian-Rotterdam meeting

As from today, the Russian President Medvedev visits the Netherlands.

Todat and tomorrow, Mr Hans Smits, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, some other Dutch CEO’s and the Minister of Economic Affairs will talk with both the President and the first deputy Prime Minister Mr Zubkov, on energy policy and mutual cooperation in this field.

Russia is one of the most important trades partners of the port of Rotterdam. Its share within the Rotterdam total is 11% or 44 million tonnes, which puts it on the second place, behind the United Kingdom (53.5 mt) but before Brazil (33.5 mt), China (26 mt) and the United States (21 mt).

The Netherlands, in this case namely Rotterdam, ranks second after Germany as EU destination for Russian exports. Its share is 13%, or 18.3 billion euro in 2007.