The Port of Rotterdam Authority is creating the Container Exchange Route (CER). The CER (formally known as the internal track) links Maasvlakte’s container companies and allows the companies to minimise the cost of container exchanges. This improves their respective hinterland and transshipment products and strengthens Rotterdam’s competitive position as a container hub. The CER bundles container flows – meaning that trains, barges and feeder vessels no longer have to call on all terminals individually.

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Main advantages: better connectivity, shorter port calls and lower costs

Together with the deep-sea terminals, the barge feeder terminals, empty depots and the Distripark companies, the Port Authority will be introducing a completely new, advanced and unique system that comprises dedicated infrastructure, logistics agreements and IT systems that link the port’s terminals, empty depots and storage facilities. We expect that ultimately, over 1 million containers per year will be exchanged in this area.

The CER will be operational at the end of 2020. Visit the website of the construction consortium for the planning: https://en.cerinfra.nl/

Curious as to what the CER will look like?

View the artist impression of the Container Exchange Route here in five minutes.


A factsheet about the Container Exchange Route is available .
Please download it here.


Would you like to know more or do you have a tip for the editorial team? Please contact:

Arwin Stehouwer
Business Manager Container Terminals & Container Exchange Route
+31 (0)6 1027 5565

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