Special year

The news was announced on the Port of Amsterdam website. In a statement CEO Dertje Meijer comments: “2013 was a special year for several reasons. It was the year of the corporatization of the Port of Amsterdam and moreover an economically successful year for the port. Transhipment in the Port of Amsterdam achieved a record of 78.5 million tonnes. This is an excellent result, particularly in view of the challenging market conditions.”

Strong business community

Meijer added that the 3% turnover increase was also a welcome result. “This growth,” Meijer said, “was attributable to the Port of Amsterdam business community, to which we are grateful for this.”

More value for Amsterdam

And the future looks bright for the Port of Amsterdam, according to Meijer: “Our outlook for the future is positive, we see numerous opportunities to capitalise on market developments and to cooperate and do business with various partners. If we can continue to grow, we will also be able to add more value to the city, the port region and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.”

Logistics hub

The success of the Port of Amsterdam contributes to the Netherlands' reputation for outstanding trade logistics. In the World Bank’s 2014 Logistics Performance Index, the Netherlands gained three places and was only surpassed by Germany. The Netherlands ranks second on the index and scores very well on the quality of trade and transport-related infrastructure such as ports, roads and IT. The Port of Amsterdam is presently the fourth-largest port in Europe, and it is supported by excellent rail and road networks. It is also the world’s busiest cocoa port, Europe’s largest port for fuel exports and Europe’s second largest port for coal imports.