More crude oil and coal shipments in Q2, fewer from Russia

© Hollandse Hoogte / Berlinda van Dam
In Q2 2022, the total volume of incoming and outgoing cargo to and from Dutch seaports increased to nearly 152 million tonnes. This is 2.5 percent up on the same quarter last year. Incoming crude oil and coal shipments rose in particular. Outbound container shipments saw a steep drop. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this on the basis of newly released figures.

Cargo throughput by type of goods, Q2
verwerkingcategorieGross weight (x million tonnes)
Unloaded, 2021Container cargo17.81
Unloaded, 2021Dry bulk27.48
Unloaded, 2021Liquid bulk45.16
Unloaded, 2021Ro-ro cargo0.9
Unloaded, 2021General cargo/other7.35
Unloaded, 2022Container cargo16.6
Unloaded, 2022Dry bulk31.89
Unloaded, 2022Liquid bulk49.55
Unloaded, 2022Ro-ro cargo0.86
Unloaded, 2022General cargo/other7.49
Loaded, 2021Container cargo17.45
Loaded, 2021Dry bulk5.25
Loaded, 2021Liquid bulk18.09
Loaded, 2021Ro-ro cargo4.65
Loaded, 2021General cargo/other4
Loaded, 2022Container cargo13.7
Loaded, 2022Dry bulk4.78
Loaded, 2022Liquid bulk19.26
Loaded, 2022Ro-ro cargo4.13
Loaded, 2022General cargo/other3.64

In Q2 2022, 106 million tonnes of goods were unloaded at Dutch seaports, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.8 percent. More liquid and dry bulk cargo was shipped to the Netherlands. 46.6 percent of the unloaded goods consisted of liquid bulk, half of which was crude oil. More often than usual, the crude oil, natural gas and other petroleum products came from countries other than Russia. Liquid bulk cargo such as crude oil more often originated from Egypt, Iraq and the United Kingdom.

Less coal from Russia

Transhipment of unloaded dry bulk cargo increased to 31.9 million tonnes in Q2 2022. This is 16 percent up on the same period last year. More coal was unloaded in particular (+55 percent). Coal is currently a relatively cheap alternative to (Russian) natural gas. In Q2 2022, 21.2 percent of all coal shipments came from Russia. This was still 40.2 percent in the same quarter last year. Relative to Q2 2021, more coal was received from Australia (+58 percent) and the United States (+77 percent) in particular.

Throughput development, Q2 2022
goederensoortTotal (year-on-year % change)Russia (year-on-year % change)
Crude oil9.3-27.5
Agricultural goods-15.3-5.3

Substantial downturn in container shipping industry

In Q2 2022, total transhipment of goods transported in containers fell by 14.1 percent year on year. In particular, far fewer goods were exported in containers compared to the same period last year (-21.5 percent). The number of incoming and outgoing containers also decreased (-8.8 percent). However, more empty containers were transported.
Total throughput of containers to and from Russia declined to 223 thousand tonnes in Q2 2022. This is a 91-percent drop relative to the same quarter last year. In 2021, unloaded containers from Russia mostly contained wood, paper and cardboard.

Developments in container sector, Q2 2022
vervoerGross weight of container goods (year-on-year % change)Number of containers (empty and loaded) (year-on-year % change)Number of empty containers (year-on-year % change)