The Port of Rotterdam Authority who operate Europe’s biggest port recently announced the launch of the Rotterdam Food Hub. This new hub will strengthen their position as Western Europe’s biggest transit port for agricultural, horticultural and fishery products.
The new 60-hectare industrial facility will be at the Calandkanaal, at the entrance to Maasvlakte and will provide optimal facilities for ‘agrofood’ sector companies.
Agrofood is now a growth market as a result of population growth and increasing prosperity, particularly in emerging economies. The Netherlands is the world’s second largest agriculture exporter, with the Unite States being the largest. In 2017 approximately €92 billion was traded making the Port of Rotterdam, the market leader in Western Europe.
Port of Rotterdam Authority Director of Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics, Emile Hoogsteden said, “We aim to further accommodate our client’s growth in agrofood, the Rotterdam Food Hub offers excellent opportunities for this: not only are Maasvlakte’s large deep-sea container terminals just a stone’s throw away, but the Rotterdam Food hub will also have access to multiple berths for sea-going vessels especially equipped for refrigerated cargo.” Berths for inland vessels will also be available and warehouses will be located immediately adjacent to the quays to enable refrigerated and frozen cargo to be stored, processed or transported quickly. “In agrofood, we work with perishable goods, so the speed is crucial.”
The new hub will be multi-user so various shared facilities can be used on the site, such as quays and services for transport, storage, access control and customs. Mr. Hoogsteden added, “The Rotterdam Food Hub forms a fantastic and extremely welcome addition to the agrofood hotspots that already exist in the Port of Rotterdam, such as Cool Port and the large cold storage warehouses including at Maasvlakte and Eemhaven. Its location close to Greenports such as Barendrecht, Ridderkerk and Westland is, of course, also ideal.”
45 hectares of the 60 are available for issue to companies, and land allocation discussions are already ongoing with candidates for some 35 hectares. Construction of the facility will begin in July 2019 at it is expected the first businesses will be operational by the final quarter of 2020.