This company, a subsidiary of Cargill B.V., will use the site for the storage and transhipment of agricultural products such as soy, grains, and maize. These products are supplied to IGMA by various shipping companies, mainly from South America. The agreement between IGMA and Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. was signed in April, and includes the terminal, comprising grounds, storage space, and a sea quay. The site has a surface area of more than 37,000 m2.

Port of Amsterdam a growing international logistics hub

The parties plan to have the terminal operational after the summer. According to Koen Overtoom, the chief operations officer of Havenbedrijf Amsterdam, "This is a fantastic and strategically very important transaction. The purchase and immediate lease of this terminal provides an impetus for our activities and strengthens the position of the port of Amsterdam as an international logistics hub for agri-products."

Rob Hansen, director of Cargill B.V., was also enthusiastic about the new prospects. "This will further increase Amsterdam’s appeal as an agri hub," he said. Cargill B.V. is a subsidiary of Cargill, Inc., an American multinational based in Minnesota that employs 152,000 people in 67 countries.

Amsterdam port region leads in many categories

The Amsterdam port region, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, Beverwijk,  Zaandam, and Velsen/IJmuiden, is of major economic significance to the surrounding area.  It is Western Europe’s number four transhipment port, as well as Europe's largest petrol port, and its second-largest coal port. It is also the largest cocoa port in the world.