'Dutch position as trading nation at risk'

30th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Netherlands is at risk of losing its leading position as a distributing nation. This is the conclusion of a report on the future of Dutch trade published by Rabobank on Thursday.

As many products will in future no longer pass through Dutch ports, the country will take on more of a supervisory role in the global goods distribution. Because most economic growth is currently being realised outside Europe, most of the increase in global trade is too. The Dutch share of global trade is currently at 3.7 percent while the Netherlands provides only one percent of total world production.

Despite this negative scenario, Rabobank believes there still are opportunities for growth, mainly in the organisation of logistical processes in which the actual transit of goods does not necessarily take place in the Netherlands but is organised from there. Lizethe Kluijtmans, sector manager wholesale trade at Rabobank Nederland says “This will create quality employment in the Netherlands.

Growth can also be realised in the trade with China and Eastern Europe, even though the port of Rotterdam will be facing increasing competition from the Romanian port of Constanta, Rabobank warns. This port is also more favourably located relative to China. However, at present German ports still present the most serious competition.

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