This week the new annual edition of the magazine Havenlocaties Nederland was published. UPT researchers Martijn Streng and Bart Kuipers have written an article about the inland ports in COVID times. Read more about it here!
The Dutch inland port municipalities showed a fairly stable to slightly upward trend with regard to the development of transshipment from 2015 onwards. In the corona year 2020, there was a short but violent break in this generally upward trend. This rift took place at the national level and also at the municipal level.
The inland ports in the Netherlands have been a relatively stable engine of employment and added value for the respective municipalities for years. Martijn and Bart have therefore investigated the state of economic activities that are linked to or connected to the inland ports in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results of the Binnenhavenmonitor 2021 show a slight decrease in all indicators used: both employment and direct added value as well as total (direct + indirect) added value will decrease in 2020. The image that the COVID-19 crisis has mainly had an impact on productivity and realized added value is confirmed.
At the time of writing, the new normal is starting to take shape. What will that look like for the Dutch inland ports? We expect that when we look back in 10 years that we speak of a storm in a glass of water for the Dutch inland ports when we talk about COVID-19.