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Container shipping

The container chain of the future is transparent, resilient and sustainable.

How can we help you?

As a shipper or forwarder, you want every link in the supply chain to be seamless. The port of Rotterdam is the ultimate link in your supply chain. Here you will find the best of the best in terms of services, infrastructure and connections. Moreover, we offer smart tools to optimise your logistics processes.

Building a CO2 neutral and efficient logistics chain? Yes. But what are the possibilities that exist today? And what are the standout examples leading the way? Join us in the Supply Chain Talks podcast series, along with Sofie van den Enk and experts from the container industry. In this series we'll explore how leading companies have reduced CO2 emissions by focusing on reduce, replace and rethink, within their supply chain.

Why choose Rotterdam?

Naturally, we offer you an excellent (digital) infrastructure and ditto connections. Our services are fully geared to this. We ensure that we are the most (cost-)efficient choice of your supply chain. More importantly, we also offer the most sustainable supply chain. By embracing smart innovations and accelerating sustainable initiatives, the Port Authority, together with its partners, makes the logistics chain better and future-proof.

This is how the port of Rotterdam helps you optimise your supply chain

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Sustainable & efficient supply chain

Truck driving on the CER

Reliable & fast freight handling

Plan your container transport

Choose your most efficient and sustainable route by using Routescanner. It provides insight into your shipments' carbon footprint, visualises the intermodal network and provides suggestions for faster, cheaper and more sustainable trade routes.  

Stay up-to-date with legislation and regulations

Navigating through new regulatory requirements can be a complex challenge. To help you, you can find streamlined resources here, such as informative factsheets and papers focusing on legislation and regulations affecting logistics and transport. These materials have been developed in collaboration with or by industry partners to provide insight into the potential impact of regulations on your business operations.

Sustainability legislation

Other legislation

Bart Kuipers

Cargo is king

Port economist Bart Kuipers once stated that the shipping container was the invention of the century. Now he says, “Cargo is king.” Explore his vision for the future of the container shipping supply chain based on five trends for shippers and freight forwarders in our latest opinion piece.

Sustainable chains

Making the container supply chain more sustainable is the main objective, but at the same time also the biggest challenge in the quest for a carbon neutral society. Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to the transition to a sustainable supply chain, which goes beyond just the port. The following examples are initiatives that help you create the most sustainable supply chain. 

container binnenvaartschip
Making logistics chains more sustainable
Zero-emission ship from Future Proof Shipping
Future Proof Shipping: first zero-emission hydrogen-powered inland container ship
De LNG terminal gate in Rotterdam
Green and digital corridors
Ships at quayside terminal
Rotterdam shipping companies firmly committed to sustainability

Efficient chains

Visibility and predictability are important prerequisites for an efficient, reliable and resilient container supply chain. The port of Rotterdam is not only at the forefront of developing and implementing smart data solutions, which this requires, but also takes the lead in the many partnerships that promote these solutions. Below are a number of specific examples of how the Port of Rotterdam Authority guarantees supply chain efficiency.

Oarsman waits on mooring line near container ship
Port performance
Captain on bridge
Port Community System
Connecting the world


The port of Rotterdam also has the right knowledge and facilities for handling special freight. Get to know more about what we have to offer with regards to reefers and chemical shippers.

Capacity and connectivity

To anticipate the growing demand from consumers, the port of Rotterdam continues to invest in sufficient capacity and connectivity. We are putting even more effort into optimising existing assets that we can use to balance the sea and hinterland sides and to create a resilient and stable system.  

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Quay wall construction Amaliahaven
Artist impression Container Exchange Route
Container Exchange Route (CER)
Signing agreement for Maasvlakte II container terminal expansion
Port of Rotterdam Authority and APM Terminals sign the agreement for over 1 billion euros for the expansion of Maasvlakte II container terminal
Ronald Lugthart, CEO of RWG and Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority
Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam World Gateway announce expansion in the Prinses Amaliahaven

More information? Contact:

Anita van der Laan
Anita van der Laan
Sr. Business Manager Shippers & Forwarders