The expansion of port hubs in densely populated areas increasingly raises questions on how many positive impacts such as value added and jobs – as opposed to the negative externalities cargo transhipment and transport is associated with - ports create for society. This paper presents a new analysis of direct port value added for container traffic of the Rotterdam and Antwerp seaport, and discusses the share of wage costs in new value added data. We interestingly find that for both ports the value added coefficients of container cargo are very comparable, but that the wage component in value added varies strongly for containers and between the two competing hubs. Based on further desk top research and complementary in-depth interviews of terminal managers, we argue that labour and capital intensity continuously vary based on terminal history, absorptive capacity and strategic priorities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationx
Number of pages28
Publication statusUnpublished - 25 Jun 2019
EventIAME annual conference - ATHENS, Athens, Greece
Duration: 25 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


ConferenceIAME annual conference

    Research areas

  • labour, jobs, value added, container terminals, Rotterdam, Antwerp.

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