Does Rotterdam suffer from unfair competition?
The port of Rotterdam said it is missing out on almost 1 million teu's worth of containers a year because ports in Germany and Flanders receive financial support from their governments. Allard Castelein, chief executive of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said these were the finding of the study ‘Level playing field’, commissioned by the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and the environment.
In this study, carried out by RHV Erasmus University and Ecorys, it was calculated that Rotterdam could handle around 7% more containers if neighbouring countries did not subsidise their ports. If the costs of keeping the Elbe, the Scheldt and the Maas dredged were counted too, that would be as high as 10%. According to the researchers, the impact on other types of goods is much smaller or even non-existent, because that cargo is, for example, more associated with processing in the port itself.