GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

ROTTERDAM, Feb 14 (FAM) – Rotterdam’s throughput of freight fell in 2016 by 1.1% to 461.2 million tons and the fall can largely be attributed to dry bulk such as ores and coal. While liquid bulk managed to hold on to the high level reached in 2015, at the same time the container sector was growing, handling 1.2% more containers, JIFFA reports.

Throughput of containers rose to 12.4 million TEUs and a 0.6% increase in weight to 127.1 million tons. In the second half of the year, 4.9% more was throughput than in the same period of the previous year. More cargo was shipped to and from the Far East and North America, but less went to South America.