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Thousands of Russia-Linked Ship Containers Pile Up in Rotterdam

Russia-related containers at the Port of Rotterdam, on March 30.
Russia-related containers at the Port of Rotterdam, on March 30.Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

In normal times, the Dutch port of Rotterdam is like a machine: hundreds of ships come and go each day, and tens of thousands of boxes are loaded and unloaded from those vessels, all to keep Europe’s economy humming.

Right now, though, sanctions on Russia are snarling thousands of steel shipping containers, the boss of the port said in an interview that gave unique insights into how the beating heart of Europe’s real economy is being disrupted by the measures against Moscow.