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Rotterdam (NLRTM), Rotterdam, Netherlands


Rotterdam (NLRTM), Rotterdam, Netherlands
World Port Center (WPC), Wilhelminakade 909, 3072 AP Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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467 Million Tonnes (2017)
13,734,334 TEUs (2017)

Requirements to ship to the ports

Goods that enter the customs territory of the EU from a non-EU country are referred to as “non-Community goods.” These goods are imported using a so-called “customs-approved treatment or use” procedure. The following forms of customs-approved treatment or use are available:placement of goods under one of eight customs proceduresentry of the goods into a duty-free zone or warehousere-exportation of goods from the customs territory of the Communitydestruction of goodstheir abandonment to the Exchequer

The basis on which VAT is charged on imports is the C.I.F. value at the port of entry, plus any duty, excise taxes, levies, or other charges (excluding the VAT) collected by Dutch Customs at the time of importation.

Operators are required to pass an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the customs of the country of entry, prior to the introduction of goods into the customs territory of the European Union.

Prohibited• Meat and milk and any items thereof from non-EU countries with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries• Protected species and products thereof as listed by the CITES (Washington Convention) for example ivory, tortoise shell, coral, reptile skin, wood from Amazonian forests.

Restricted• pets need to be identifiable (tattoo or an electronic identification system), vaccinated against rabies and have a health certificate. For more information please refer to the nearest embassy.• maximum of 10 kg of meat, milk and dairy products coming from Croatia, Færøer Islands, Greenland and Iceland• powdered milk for babies, food for children and special medical food (including pets food) may be allowed if they need not to be refrigerated prior opening and that it is brand packaged food and the packaging has original seal (unless in use at the time) and its quantity must not exceed the weight of 10 kg originating from Croatia, Færøer Islands, Greenland and Iceland, and of 2 kg if originating in other countries.• fish only if it is disembowelled and does not exceed the weight of 20 kg,• currency - no restrictions if coming from EU country. Declarable for all travelling outside EU when the amount exceeds 10.000 euro or equivalent in another currency.• coats, fur and leather shoes made of protected animals will need special authorization

About the port

Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is the largest port in Europe. Before it relinquished its position to Singapore and then to Shanghai, it was the busiest port in the world. As of 2016, it ranks 12th, globally, in terms of TEUs handled.


Located on an area of 42 km, with a quay length of 76.3 km, the port has a total of 100 terminals which are equipped to handle different types of cargo. Currently, the port has 27 terminals for containers, 26 for break bulk cargo, 17 for handling tankers, 17 terminals for dry bulk, 17 independent tank terminals, and 6 refinery terminals. In 2016, more than 29,000 sea-going vessels and 105,000 inland vessels called at the port. It handled 467.4 million tonnes of cargo, comprising of container shipments, dry bulk, break bulk, and liquid bulk.


The earliest records of the port can be traced back to 1283. In 1340, William IV of Holland approved the construction of a canal leading to the Schie. The port became functional in 1360 and with improved access to major cities in the north, it soon gained importance as a transhipment hub.


The Port of Rotterdam Authority aims to make the port an important logistics and industrial hub in Europe. To do this, it is building strong partnerships with service providers and allied businesses and is also undertaking a variety of innovative projects like Port360.