Cargo transport

The Port of Antwerp has an excellent infrastructure to handle all types of transports and goods. Antwerp is the most central port in Europe, making the transport of goods to consumers easier, more sustainable and more efficient.

Strategic location

Antwerp is surrounded by an extensive network of international motorways with direct connections to industrial centres in Flanders, Wallonia, the Netherlands, Germany, France and many other destinations in Europe. Road transport therefore plays a crucial role in the connection between the Port of Antwerp and its hinterland.  


The Port of Antwerp is on the junction of the three principal rail corridors in Europe.


In addition, the port, thanks to its location in the middle of the Scheldt-Maas-Rhine-delta, is directly connected to the pan-European barge transport network.






60% of European consumption centres is therefore within an 800 km radius of the Port of Antwerp.



The central location in the heart of consuming and producing Europe makes Antwerp a cost-efficient choice to transport goods to end customers.


Towards more efficient freight transport

Thousands of lorries come and go every day in the port area to guarantee the efficient and swift transport between terminals, warehouses and industrial companies. To avoid increasing congestion on the road, the Antwerp Port Authority is proactively working on a more efficient organisation of freight transport to, from and in the port. On the one hand by optimising road transport, on the other hand by stimulating rail and barge transport. 


An efficient cargo transfer and short waiting periods at terminals are important for the supply chains of the importers and exporters of goods.


Breakdown modal split 2018 for intermodal freight transport:

  • Road transport   55%
  • Barge transport  38%
  • Rail transport       7%

Modal shift within modes of transport

Antwerp Port Authority invests proactively in a modal shift in favour of rail and barge by 2030.





In other words, road transport is responsible for more than half of all freight traffic from and to the port in 2018. By 2030 this share has to drop to 43% in favour of barge and rail transport. Our modal shift ambition is to evolve in 2030 to an increase in barge and rail transport.



Types of goods

Each product requires its own method of transport, or you could say its own packaging.

Essentially, five types of cargo can be distinguished: container cargo, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk and roro.


More about types of goods handled in the Port of Antwerp