Port of Rotterdam throughput back on track

In the first half of 2010, 213 million tonnes of cargo were handled, 14.8% up on the same period of 2009. Outgoing trade rose by 15% to 62 million tonnes, incoming by 14.7% to 150 million tonnes. The handling of bulk cargo increased by 14.3%, to 146 million tonnes. General cargo was 15.7% up, at 66 million tonnes. Agribulk and coal throughput were both down, by 20% and 1% respectively. All other types of cargo were in the black: ores and scrap (+150%), other dry bulk (+36%), crude oil (+3%), mineral oil product (+8%), other liquid bulk (+7%), roll on/roll off (+2%), other general cargo (+21%) and containers (+18%). In numbers, container throughput rose by 18% to 5.4 million TEU (20-foot units).