Container gateway

Antwerp is accessible to the largest container ships

There is smooth access to the port for the world's largest container ships. The port receives Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) from MSC, Maersk, Cosco and others every week. At the Deurganck Dock, Antwerp can serve container ships with a draught of up to 16 metres* upstream and 15.2 metres* downstream (*taking account of the tidal window).


Global connection

You can reach the whole world from Antwerp.

Certified Pick up


 Many parties are involved in handling containers at the port of Antwerp. In order increase safety, operational efficiency and transparency, Port of Antwerp is launching a digital application for the release of containers: Certified Pick up. From 2021, this central data platform will arrange the release of containers based on encrypted identification and authorisation details. This application will contribute to a safe, effective and resilient logistical chain.

To the overview page


The platform was developed by NxtPort. You can find all the information about the system on their website.

The FAQ can be read here.

Would you like to receive e-mail communication and invitations for information sessions on Certified Pick up? Then please click here to sign up.



Specialist container terminals

  • Capacity: 12.5M TEU
  • Year-on-year growth
  • Second-largest container port in Europe
  • #14 worldwide
  • Majority of the terminals also open at night

Each terminal has trimodal access. This ensures quick and efficient transport by road, rail and inland navigation to and from the hinterland.

Find out more about transport

In order to respond to the continual growth of containers, we are working hard on a project to expand our container capacity: Extra Container capacity at Antwerp, or ECA for short.

Find out more about ECA


Types of products

Toys, televisions, clothing, food and computers: containers are the best way of transporting these and many similar kinds of products. A 20-foot container can hold the contents of 300 shopping trolleys!

The containers' fixed size also has a major advantage. Owing to the standard dimensions, the containers can fit on seagoing vessels, trucks, inland navigation vessels and train carriages.

How fast can you move your mass?

Easy ordering. Rapid delivery. Quick returns and fast refunds. In other words, a personal, reliable and hassle-free experience – every time. Let's zoom in on the three most common challenges facing e-commerce companies and investigate how choosing the right ecosystem will help you: growth and profitability. Download our white paper and discover how. 

Discover all the e-commerce challenges and solutions


Innovations in container management

In order to share existing data between the actors at the port more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively, the port authority joined the NxtPort data platform. Their main goal?


To enable the sharing of existing data between the actors at the port. The NxtPort Data Utility Platform enables quicker, more efficient and more cost-effective transfer of data between the various actors.

All about NxtPort's innovations

SOLAS Container weight verification requirement

The SOLAS regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea) require shippers and forwarders to provide the gross weight of export shipping containers. A shipping company can only load a container if it is provided with its VGM, Verified Gross Mass. Therefore, shippers and forwarders are responsible for supplying an accurate VGM for each container to the shipping companies in good time.

Contact us

Would you like to contact us? You can find our contact details below. We will be glad to help you further.


Ingrid Vanstreels

Key Accountmanager
+32 3 205 21 63


Tineke van Ginneken

Accountmanager Packed chemicals & Liquid Bulk
+32 3 229 73 55