Reefer containers

The port of Rotterdam is the most important port in Europe for the import and export of refrigerated and frozen cargo in reefer containers. The port is well equipped to handle all types of conditioned cargo, but especially excels in handling of and services for transport by refrigerated containers. Rotterdam has by far the largest number of connections for reefer containers, excellent facilities for refrigerated and frozen storage and an elaborate supply of specialised service providers.

Extensive reefer container facilities

As the largest container port in Europe, Rotterdam has all the required facilities and services for the transport of fresh products in reefers. The container terminals in Rotterdam have a total of 18,500 reefer connections. This is more than anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, Rotterdam’s port has excellent connections, both by sea to the most important producer countries and to the European market of more than 500 million consumers.

Conventional handling of refrigerated cargo

In addition to the transport of refrigerated and frozen cargo by refrigerated container, specialised reefer handling of primarily vegetables and fruit takes place in the Fruitport area, north of the Nieuwe Maas. Cranes are used to hoist pallets containing refrigerated products from the refrigerated holds of reefer vessels using conventional methods. The pallets can then be stored in cool stores or can be transhipped immediately.

Fast, meticulous handling of reefers for maximum freshness

The faster fresh products reach the supermarket or the consumer’s plate, the better. The port of Rotterdam excels in terms of speed and reliability. For many intercontinental liner services, Rotterdam is the first port of call in Europe. For example, vessels coming from South America will first discharge their cargo in Rotterdam and will then proceed to other Northwest European ports. For refrigerated cargo, the time gained by routing transport via Rotterdam is extremely favourable. Via Rotterdam, your refrigerated and frozen cargo will reach your customer fast and in optimal condition.

Big in vegetables and fruit

The port of Rotterdam’s position as the European hub for fresh products is reinforced by the Dutch market and trade. After the United States, the Netherlands is the largest exporter of vegetables and fruit in the world. The large volumes of fresh products that are transported via Rotterdam, allow you to put together varied cargo consignments at low cost and send them to the end-user.

Excellent connections with Greenports

The Netherlands has a renowned reputation in the field of production, product innovation, new technologies, seed improvement and packaging technologies. Furthermore, there are various leading universities that focus on nutritional technology and logistics. Most activities related to the production, import, export, distribution, transport and these value-added services are clustered in six areas in the Netherlands, the so-called Greenports. The port of Rotterdam is very favourably located in relation to the Westland and Barendrecht Greenports and has excellent intermodal connections with other Greenport areas, such as Venlo.

Rotterdam Cool Port Project

The port of Rotterdam wants to further strengthen its position in the European refrigerated storage and transport sector. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is working together with the private sector towards expansion and the construction of new facilities for the storage and distribution of refrigerated cargo via refrigerated containers in the Waalhaven/Eemhaven and the Maasvlakte area. Further clustering these activities creates synergy with the container segment and enables the realisation of even better intermodal sustainable connections to destinations in Europe.


For more information, please contact:

Danny Levenswaard
Director Breakbulk
+31 (0)6 1094 8970

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