Seaports continue to grow, especially in Rotterdam
More employment and more added value: Dutch seaports are growing. In 2017 more than 4000 jobs were created, according to the Port Monitor of the Erasmus University, which was announced on Monday.
Employment in the seaports is growing at about the same speed as in the rest of the Netherlands.
Rotterdam in particular is doing well: more than 86,000 people were employed in 2017, 3.7% more than in the previous year. This percentage increase can be compared to the increase in employment in the Netherlands as a whole. There appears to be a growing number of jobs in road transport around the ports.
Value of the seaports
The direct value of the seaports amounted to almost € 28 billion. All ports run green figures; however, some ports have had setbacks too, but these numbers are not always easy to explain. In Eemshaven, for example, the added value decreased, but a reason for this was not given.
The indirect added value
The indirect added value of the seaports also rose in 2017 and was almost 3.5% higher at € 14.6 billion compared to a year earlier. The indirect added value is the effect that the seaports have on the rest of the economy; services and products that are delivered to companies that deliver to the port, for example. Or the money that companies earn on a product that they receive from the port and to which they add value.
All these direct and indirect added value of the seaports in 2107 amounted to almost 6% of the gross domestic product.