The port dues for the port of Rotterdam have been set for the coming three years. The port dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years. During its consultation, the Port Operator took inflation, market conditions and economic development into account. The port dues apply to the sea ports of Rotterdam, Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Maassluis, Dordrecht and Moerdijk. The Port Operators stated it is using this rate of increase in port dues to boost its competitive position among the surrounding sea ports. The Port Authority stated that over the coming years, the port dues for tankers carrying crude oil will again be set at 1.5% below the overall increase, as was the case in the preceding period. This means the difference between port dues charged on crude and, for example, those charged on mineral oil products will be further reduced. The inland shipping dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years. In addition, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is going to update the system over this period which is aimed to make it easier to use. Port dues are just one of the Port Authority’s sources of income and they are charged to the shipping companies that use Rotterdam. In 2016, the Port Authority received € 295 million in sea port dues and € 14 million in inland port dues. The other main source of income for the Port Authority, at € 349 million, comes from the rental and long-term leases of sites.