“We are delighted with Prime Minister Laschet’s visit”, said Emile Hoogsteden, Port of Rotterdam Authority Director of Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics. “It is a great honour to be the destination of his very first international visit. And, of course, we have a lot to discuss. North Rhine-Westphalia and Rotterdam are inextricably linked regarding logistics, with Duisberg and the other inland ports and logistics hubs as indisputable multi-modal transport links from and to the hinterland. We are also facing the same significant challenges: energy transition and digitisation. Together, we are better able to capitalise on emerging opportunities in these areas, which will enable us to further strengthen the industrial logistics axis of North Rhine-Westphalia - Rotterdam.”
At 55.7 billion euro, the Netherlands is by far the most important North Rhine-Westphalia trading partner. The Maas city plays a crucial role in this. The Port of Rotterdam, with 80 million tonnes, takes a 60 per cent market share of all transport between Germany’s most heavily populated state and the sea ports. Although Prime Minister Laschet’s statement gained notoriety in his own country, what the CDU politician stated in his government declaration on 13 September is correct “Unser Seehafen heisst nicht Hamburg, sondern Rotterdam.” (Our sea port isn’t called Hamburg, but Rotterdam.) Building on this, parties agreed today to further intensify collaboration between North Rhine-Westphalia and the Port of Rotterdam. Both parties will also work to firmly anchor the position of the sea ports relevant for the Germany economy, which includes Rotterdam, in national German policy.