Port of Rotterdam: land-use policy during the twentieth century

  • Ferry de Goey
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


The transhipment of goods in the port of Rotterdam was able to grow by several per cent each year in the twentieth century, thanks to the renting of land to commercial firms specialising in the mechanized (sometimes even automated) handling of bulk goods. The selection of firms was connected with the way in which the port was organized and exploited. The main argument of this paper will be that there was a close causal link between the management and expansion of the port, policy on land use, and the increase in transhipment1. Figure15.1. provides a basic outline of the complex economic relationship between port expenses and revenues. This relationship will be explored in this contribution.


Port Authority Liner Company South Bank North Bank Cargo Handling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferry de Goey
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  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamThe NetherlandsUSA

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