More than 126 countries were represented at the three-day exhibition – a record high across Breakbulk events. Visitors from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium led the pack, while countries including China, India, Turkey, the UAE, Brazil and Singapore posted the biggest jumps in numbers.

Two exhibition halls at Ahoy hosted 534 exhibitors from across the breakbulk supply chain, while the main stage played host to a series of panel sessions as speakers debated topics from nuclear power and offshore wind to air cargo and the role of ports in supply chain efficiency.

More than 150 participants enjoyed a session at the Women in Breakbulk Breakfast, while innovation and technology played a primary role at the all-new Breakbulk Futures Zone, an experienced-based space featuring products and services from industry innovators.

“Breakbulk Europe is truly unparalleled in its ability to bring together a vast number of industry professionals in a condensed timeframe. This event presents an incredibly powerful business opportunity, extending beyond mere networking to provide a platform for showcasing your company, products and services,” said Juliana Gibbons, VP for breakbulk specialist Swire Projects.

“Breakbulk Europe truly stands in a league of its own,” said Paivi Nygren-Laitinen, sales manager at Finland-based port operator Steveco Oy.

“Over the years, Breakbulk Europe has consistently facilitated the formation of strong and enduring partnerships for us, and this year is no exception,” said Gelu Batrinca, chartering broker at MUR Shipping Romania. “It stands as an exceptional exhibition that unites a vast array of exhibitors and visitors spanning the entire supply chain, making it an outstanding opportunity to connect and collaborate.”

Breakbulk Europe 2024 will return to Rotterdam Ahoy on 21-23 May.