Commodity Trading - Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe Credit: Hester Blankenstijn

Commodity Trading

The most complete trading hub in the world

In Rotterdam you are closer to your product than anywhere else in the world.

With the port figuratively at your feet, your cargo is literally at your fingertips. You know exactly what you have to trade and can guarantee quality. This is one of the many benefits of doing business here

Commodity Trading - Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe Credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

Everything you need is there

In Rotterdam you can trade, organise your supply chain according to your needs and appeal to talent. Unlike London or Geneva, you have direct access to your product here due to the proximity of one of the largest ports in the world. You can find all the maritime services you need for additional expertise or advice within a radius of 10 km. When you also consider the presence of specialised research and education in a context where technology and digitisation is embraced by the entire value chain, only one conclusion is possible: this is where you need to be.

Strategic location and time zone

These assets make Rotterdam one of the best and most complete trading hubs in the world. A leading trading position in products such as tea, fats, grain and cereals, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils, fossil fuels such as oil, gas and petrol and chemical products. Transshipment is fast and efficient, before raw materials and products can be stored, processed or immediately distributed.

Rotterdam is strategically located in the ARA region with fast and reliable logistics connections via inland shipping, road or rail. In a central time zone for smooth trading with European countries and also Asia and the United States. All the ingredients that are required for doing business on the cutting edge and providing good service to customers.

Centuries of expertise

We know what we are talking about. Because Rotterdam has a long history in trade and shipping dating back to the 16th century. Many trading companies started out or became leading players in Rotterdam.

For example, Unilever, Vitol, SHV Energy, renowned tea trader Van Rees, peanut trader Aldebaran, Catz, a leading trader in nuts, and Nidera and Cebeco, which specialise in grain.

Jorn Douwstra

Jorn Douwstra
Manager International Trade & Investment
Rotterdam Partners

+31 (0)10 790 01 40

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