Certified Pick up - Frequently Asked Questions

What does Certified Pick up mean?

Certified Pick up (CPu) is a neutral, central data platform providing the supply chain with a digital, secure and optimized cargo release and pick-up process. This is done by capturing and enriching container information - originating from different parties - on the CPu platform, in order to guarantee a pick-up based on identity with which the final carrier can retrieve the container. This assigns the right container to the right carrier. An audit trail is provided to make the entire process also auditable for the competent authorities.

Why is Certified Pick up mandatory?

CPu is conceived as a port service to create a centralised and digitised process, where efficiency, safety and security are paramount. The port infrastructure is recognised as a critical digital infrastructure. In order for this system to be complete, it is necessary for each party involved to be connected. The Antwerp Port Authority must safeguard this critical digital infrastructure and has chosen to appoint its affiliated company Nxtport as authorized service provider to help develop this infrastructure.

Who will need to connect to the Certified Pick up?

All logistic partners - in Belgium or abroad - who are involved in the pick-up process of containers in the port of Antwerp. This includes, amongst others but not exhaustive: Shipping lines, shipping agents, terminals, shippers, forwarders, logistic handlers, trucking companies, barge operators and rail operators.

Which commodities are subject to the obligation?

  • Every loaded container and every empty shipper owned container that is brought by seagoing vessel to a terminal in the port of Antwerp and will subsequently leave this terminal by barge, truck, train or any other means of transport other than a seagoing vessel.
  • Each loaded container and each empty shipper owned container, which is unloaded by a seagoing vessel in another seaport, is transported to a terminal in the Port of Antwerp under an Antwerp Bill of Lading or under the control of the Organiser of Sea Transport and will then leave this terminal by barge, truck, train or any other means of transport other than a seagoing vessel.
  • Any loaded container that is brought by seagoing vessel to a terminal in the Port and then unloaded at this terminal.


What is the cost for using Certified Pick up?

For the use of Certified Pick up, port users have to pay fees. This fee consists on the one hand of a fixed fee for the API/EDI connection or the use of the web interface, and on the other hand of a variable fee per processed container that is divided between the shipping company, terminal and the first agent in the collection process.

How will the implementation of Certified Pick up proceed?


The implementation of CPu will be phased from January 1, 2021. In the first phase, the CPu platform will ensure transparency about the container status, with the aim of increasing operational efficiency for each player in the chain. The various container statuses, related to the collection of a container in the port of Antwerp, will be displayed as “green lights”. The supply-chain partners will be able to view the commercial release, the customs release and terminal release of the containers under their control. In exchange for this information, chain partners will later be required to add relevant supply-chain data, such as anticipated collection time, terms, etc. The existing process in which a PIN code is used to collect a container will still be maintained in this phase, both for pre-registration and collection.

In the next phase, the various supply chain partners will gradually switch to a new way of handling, i.e. collection based on identity. The current process in which a PIN code is used to pick up a container will be phased out and replaced by a digital process from release right to pick up right and an authorized collection based on identity.


From when should I be connected to Certified Pick up?


Shipping companies and terminals must be connected to Certified Pick up by January 1, 2021 to provide the platform with the necessary data for phase 1. Other chain partners, such as forwarders and transporters, can connect in this phase without any obligation to gain insight into the different container statuses. From phase 2 onwards, every chain partner will have to be connected.

How can I connect to the Certified Pick up?

You will need to register via C-point, the Port Authority’s Port Community System (https://www.nxtport.com/cpu) and follow the required steps. There are three options to make a connection:

  1. Connection through the CPu API
  2. Input via web user interface.
  3. Shipping lines and terminals can make use of current EDI Messages to deliver information.


Is it possible to connect to Certified Pick up via a third party?

Container shipping lines are free to connect directly to CPu or connect to CPu via a third party application. However, the full audit trail and generation of the final digital key will only be provided by the CPu application. The audit trail must be provided to CPu by the third party application and the final digital key must be requested from CPu by the users of the third party application. The third party application will therefore always have to link to CPu in order to be able to ensure the audit trail that CPu performs. 

The use of a third party application should not compromise the security of CPu and of the CPu application nor the generation of the final digital key and audit trail by the authorised service provider. 

The use of a third party application is in no way prejudicial to the obligations of the parties concerned, who must ensure that all necessary steps are taken and that, having regard to their capacity and role, they communicate all data within the CPu. 

As far as we know there is currently one party that can offer a third party application that has a connection with CPu, namely Secure Container Release from T-Mining.


What are the advantages of being connected to the Certified Pick up?

Connecting to the Certified Pick up will generate optimization benefits for all logistical partners. Simplification of administrative processes, improvement of employee safety and security, and reduction of throughput time of import containers in the port of Antwerp.

What technology does Certified Pick up use to make the process safe and efficient?

CPu is built with Open Shift Kubernetes technology in a Microsoft Azure Stack. The application is subject to regular penetration testing, security audits and constant security monitoring. NxtPort is also ISO 27001 compliant, which means that they meet the strict requirements for information security.

What happens with the data delivered to Certified Pick up?

Neither NxtPort nor the Antwerp Port Authority will use these data for purposes other than CPu. They will not commercialize this data.

The Port Authority has the right to use the data used or generated in the context of Certified Pick up and the related Certified Pick up Application and services in an aggregated manner with a view to its public tasks and may impose reporting obligations on the authorized service provider in that context.