The Container Exchange Route

The Container Exchange Route (CER) will connect the deep-sea container terminals, empty container depots such as DR Depots, State Inspection Terminal (Customs) and distribution companies at Maasvlakte. The goal of this project is to increase container cluster flexibility and connectivity by optimising container exchange in Rotterdam for shipping companies and their clients for realistic costs. The CER will result in transhipment, feeder, inland shipping and rail product improvements as well as to better access from Rotterdam to the hinterland and specifically the growth markets (such as Southern Germany).

The Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) and deep-sea container terminals Rotterdam World Gateway, Hutchison Ports ECT Delta, Hutchison Ports ECT Euromax, APM Terminals Rotterdam and APM Terminals Maasvlakte II signed the connection agreement for the Container Exchange Route (CER) in September 2018.

The project will have 3 viaducts and 11.5 km of concrete roads. The contractor will start ‘outside’ in early 2019. According to planning, the CER will be operational by early 2021.

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