Record-breaking quarter for port of Antwerp


The port of Antwerp handled more than 58.3 million tonnes of freight in the first three months of the year, an all-time record

Container freight leads the way

The port of Antwerp had a record-breaking first quarter this year, handling 58,328,678 tonnes of freight. It is an increase of more than 7% on the same period last year the best quarter ever for the port.

Nearly all freight categories were up, with container freight leading the pack at 9.5% more than in the first three months of 2017. March was a record-breaking single month, with container volume reaching 980,000 TEU.

In the current debate on the additional container handling capacity … the underlying assumption is a growth rate of 3.5% per year,” said Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren. “The current growth figures of 9.5% in the container segment not only confirms the need for additional capacity but also that it will become necessary much sooner than original planned.”

Both dry and liquid bulk were up, with dry bulk up 7.4%, largely due to larger imports of coal, fertilisers and sand and gravel. Liquid bulk was up by 4.6%, with the largest growth seen in chemicals and oil derivatives.

Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is Europe’s second-largest port and one of the world’s most important ports for container traffic.
Going green - The port’s first-ever sustainability report won it the Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report.
Size - The port takes up more space than the actual city of Antwerp.
Roots - Historians have found evidence for the port’s existence dating back to the 12th century.

barges entering the port daily


companies in the greater port area


tonnes of freight handled in 2012