From 9 to 13 October 2017, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb will be heading a trade mission to the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Osaka. Emile Hoogsteden, Director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, will serve as the Mayor’s aide on this trip.
The delegation plans to visit various major shippers, freight forwarders and shipping companies in Tokyo and Osaka. In addition, their programme includes meetings with a number of important representatives including the Director of the Port of Kobe. The Rotterdam promotion organisation Rotterdam Partners will join the trade mission with a number of companies that want to establish new business partnerships in Japan. The purpose of the visit is to create broad awareness of the innovative capacity of Rotterdam’s port among Japanese logistics providers and stevedoring companies that are interested in expanding to the European market.
Offshore wind and maritime innovation
Working in consultation with Rotterdam Partners, the Dutch embassy in Japan has organised an Offshore Wind Seminar in Tokyo. Mayor Aboutaleb will be handling the official opening of this seminar. In Osaka, the Mayor will also open a Maritime Innovation Seminar during which entrepreneurs and researchers discuss the innovative capacity of the Rotterdam port with Emile Hoogsteden.
Japan and the Netherlands are developing increasingly strong mutual economic interests. Major areas of interest in the Japanese market include hi-tech systems (with a marked focus on horticulture), chemical and innovation, energy and the creative industries. However, Japan also ranks as the second-largest non-EU investor in the Dutch economy. Over 450 Japanese companies have set up in the Netherlands, including Fujifilm (Tilburg) and Canon (Amstelveen, Rotterdam and Venlo). In 2015, Dutch-Japanese bilateral trade amounted to EUR 11.8 billion. The Netherlands exported some EUR 3.5 billion in goods and over EUR 1.8 billion in services to Japan in that year. The value of the Dutch private sector’s financial interests in Japan totalled EUR 7.4 billion by year-end 2015.
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