Antwerp, your breakbulk home port

The port of Antwerp is the ultimate port for the handling of steel, project cargo, fruit, forest products and cars in Europe. Shipping breakbulk requires a product specific approach: every shipment is different. Thanks to the “can do” mentality and the extensive experience of the many service providers in the port, every breakbulk challenge is brought to a good conclusion with an eye for quality.

Antwerp XL, the leading conference for the breakbulk community

Due to the Corona virus outbreak, the conference has been postponed.


Meet all the major players and professionals in the supply chain during the three-day event. Antwerp XL showcases the newest technologies and innovations in the industry and is the perfect opportunity for shipping companies, agents and forwards to get in touch with leading players in the business.


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Excellent connections to the foreland

With more than 200 calls of breakbulk vessels each month, the port has an excellent connection with the foreland. This is the biggest concentration in Europe and for every shipper reliable options are offered for the shipping of breakbulk cargo.


Specialised terminals, multi-modal access

About ten specialised terminal operators provide tailor-made discharging, loading and storage services for breakbulk. The terminals work with state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced technologies. In the All Weather terminal, barges and coasters can be loaded and discharged under cover. For high-grade steel and project cargo this is a huge advantage.

Every terminal has multi-modal access with an immediate connection to the European road, rail, feeder and waterway network.

High added value services

Numerous logistics players in the Port of Antwerp offer various tailor-made services with a high added value to the customer. They include steel service centres for handling and cutting steel, vehicle processing centres for the customising and repairing of cars and many services for fruit, wood and project cargo such as supply management, order picking, quality control, packaging and storage. Goods are prepared for the end customer which saves considerably on transport and handling costs.

Expertise and know-how

Being thé breakbulk port of Europe since 1120, Antwerp has the skills and expertise needed and indeed, the flexibility to create tailor-made solutions. Our highly skilled port workforce and companies have centuries of experience in the breakbulk sector. It is creative and comes up with innovative solutions, accommodating any last minute changes.