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Reefer containers

11 May 2021
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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.

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.

Fast 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. 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.

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.


On the Calandkanaal, at the entrance of the Maasvlakte, the 'Rotterdam Food Hub' rises. The 60 hectare business park will be specially set up to provide optimum facilities for businesses in the agri-food sector.

Rotterdam Food Hub

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More information? Contact:

Anne Saris
Anne Saris
Business Manager Agrofood & Distribution