According to provisional figures, total volume in the port region along the North Sea Canal in the Netherlands, including the ports of Amsterdam, Ijmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, is expected to reach 94.4 million metric tons for the year 2012, increasing 1.6 percent from 2011.
Volume in the Port of Amsterdam increased by 3 percent compared with 2011, to a record 77 million metric tons. Imports were stable at 50.5 million metric tons, and exports rose 9 percent to 26.6 million metric tons. Container volume jumped 36 percent to more than 800,000 metric tons.
However, the other three regional ports reported decreases in volumes handled. In Ijmuiden, volume fell by about 3 percent compared with 2011, to 17.1 million metric tons; in Beverwijk, volume from seagoing vessels plummeted by about 25 percent to 239,000 metric tons, and in Zaanstad, volume plunged 53 percent to 83,000 metric tons.