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Why the harbour of Rotterdam is an international business hotspot

The harbour of Rotterdam is one of the biggest in the world. Annually almost 450 million tons of containers and bulk goods are being brought to the Netherlands through the harbour of Rotterdam. But how is it that the port is established in one of the smallest countries of Europe, and what could it mean to you?

Biggest in Europe

From 1962 to 2005, The Netherlands held the biggest harbour in the world. Nowadays, the dock is still the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. The Rotterdam harbour is more than twice the size of the next best one in Europe, Antwerp. This makes The Netherlands an exciting place to establish a company (Overbode, 2021).


The location of the harbour is remarkable, namely in Rotterdam, which is one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands. It is situated on the west side of Holland and is less than an hour away from other Dutch cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. The main business of the port is transhipment. This means that goods and containers are shipped to Rotterdam and then to another destination. With the great location of the Netherlands as a gateway from the north-sea to Europe, an extensive infrastructure, and a stable economy; Holland is the perfect place for such activities (Port of Rotterdam, 2021)


The harbour works together with many different stake- and shareholders. Companies that operate in trading, IT, and building ships are only a few examples of the many companies involved in the “local” economy. Working together with the harbour could be worth your while if you ship to the Netherlands or Europe.

Let’s get in touch!

If you are thinking of relocating to the Netherlands, DMS could help you! DMS Netherlands is your ideal business partner in the Netherlands, as they offer services such as domiciliation, management, administration and can even help you with liquidation. With a dedicated and loyal team, DMS has forged long-standing relationships with their clients. Over the past 20 years, they have provided top-tier management services to a wide range of clients.

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