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Netherlands : North Rhine-Westphalia and Port Authority make start on port agreement.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be working together to further optimise logistics connections between Europes largest port and the German hinterland. During his working visit to Rotterdam today, NRW Traffic Minister Hendrik Wst officially launched the two parties talks regarding a port agreement.

Prime Minister Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia had already gained a good impression of the port of Rotterdam and its relationship with the German federated state in September 2017 on what was actually his first official foreign visit. Today it was Traffic Minister Hendrik Wsts turn to visit Rotterdam, to experience the size, scale and importance of solid collaboration between the sea port and NRW first-hand.

During his visit, Wst met with a number of people, including Allard Castelein (CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority) and Emile Hoogsteden (Vice President, Director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics). They discussed logistics and industrial activity challenges faced by both the Port Authority and NRW. To gain a clear picture of Rotterdams vast port complex, the Minister also visited a number of port areas.

The Traffic Ministers visit to Rotterdam marks the start of talks regarding an agreement geared toward the optimisation of the hinterland connections and the logistics chain. This port agreement was already announced in the coalition agreement of North Rhine-Westphalias state government. The parties expect to sign the agreement after the summer of 2018.

Allard Castelein: I am very pleased that Traffic Minister Hendrik Wsts first international working visit is taking place here, in Rotterdam. His visit continues the tradition established by the new government of NRW. It is testimony to our good relations and draws attention to the challenges that we, NRW and Rotterdam, have in common. Together, we aim to ensure that our clients and businesses in NRW can operate competitively within the worlds most efficient logistics chains. Moreover, we have a shared interest when it comes to finding answers to todays challenges in the context of climate change and the energy transition. The visits by Prime Minister Laschet and Minister Wst once again underlined our joint responsibility. Our colleagues can be found in NRW every day, and we plan to pay a return visit to Dsseldorf this summer.

Rotterdam important sea port for NRW

The port of Rotterdam is the largest sea port in Europe. The port owes this leading position to its excellent accessibility for ocean shipping, its strong intermodal connections and the 180,000 people who work in and on behalf of Rotterdams port and industrial area.

Handling 60% of NRWs cargo flows, Rotterdam ranks as the German states premier sea port. 2017 saw a strong increase in Rotterdams container throughput by 12.3% compared to 2016. The total cargo throughput increased by 1.3% in 2017. This continued the growth trend recorded in 2016. A total of 467 million tonnes were transported via Rotterdam in 2017. This increase in container throughput was offset by decreases in the volume of dry bulk (-2.6%) and liquid bulk (-4.1%) transported via Rotterdam. Breakbulk (roll-on/roll-off and other breakbulk) throughput increased by 7%.

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