The growth is mainly due to the increase in transhipment of oil products, reaffirming the port’s position as an important port for petrol.

Promising start of the year

The transhipment in oil products rose by 6.8% to 21.2 million tonnes. In a press release, Port of Amsterdam CEO Dertje Meijer comments on the results: “2014 has got off to a very promising start with strong growth in transhipment once again. We are optimistic, but also realistic about the second half of the year. As a large petrol port, we are sensitive to developments in the international energy market that is dynamic and unpredictable, whereby current global developments also play a role.”

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 ICT. 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.