Thanks to its high productivity, its cost efficiency and reliable maritime services, Antwerp is a vital link for global supply chains. Shipping companies find a seamless service at competitive conditions here. It is not surprising that Antwerp is one of the fastest growing container ports of the Hamburg - Le Havre range. Antwerp is the leading European port for shipping services to and from the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent and is well on its way to strengthening its position on the Far East.

Antwerp accomodates the largest container ships

The world's biggest container vessels can easily get to the port. Every week, Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) safely call at the port of Antwerp utilising full cargo capacity. At the Deurganckdock, Antwerp can be served by container vessels with a draught up to 16.0 metres* travelling up-river and 15.2 metres* down-river (* tidal window apply).

Best-performing deepsea container terminals in Europe

The port’s modern infrastructure, facilities and equipment, semi-automated operations and highly trained personnel contribute to outstanding productivity of up to 40 crane movements per hour per crane on average. This is by far the highest productivity in Europe.

Every terminal at the port has a tri-modal access, providing fast and efficient bargerail or road transport to and from the hinterland. Above all, the container terminals have the highest standards of security and control, 24/7/365.

5 specialised container terminals


Cargo-generating port

Antwerp is home to the largest integrated petrochemicals cluster in Europe, and the most diverse in the world. This creates strong demand for containerised and other freight transport. The strong maritime-logistical-industrial links in the port of Antwerp are quite unique. These strategical pillars complement each other and involve the production, handling and transport of large volumes of freight.

Quick and environmentally friendly

Antwerp offers direct, quick and environmentally friendly access to the most important centres of consumption and production in Europe. Combined with a strong network of hinterland connections this means that every type of cargo is efficiently transported to its final destination. This inland location also means that shipping via Antwerp results in a substantially lower carbon footprint than shipping via other Northwestern European ports.

Empty Container Depots

The port of Antwerp offers a wide variety of empty container depots. No fewer than 33 depots on the Left and Right bank areas are daily at the service of importers, exporters and producers. Each has its own specialism in handling dry freight containers, reefer containers and tank containers.

Comprehensive service

The container depots offer more than just storage, including:

  • General cleaning
  • Specialist cleaning of tanks used for dangerous substances, according to ISO standards 
  • Fixing
  • Inspection
  • Modification of the standards, for sale or rent 

Multimodal access

Multimodal transport is becoming increasingly important, and the container depots in the port of Antwerp help to promote this. Various possibilities for barge or train avoid additional moves by road.

Find all the empty container depots in the Company Guide


Certified Pick up

Many parties are involved in container handling in the port of Antwerp. In order to increase security, operational efficiency and transparency, Port of Antwerp is launching a digital container release application: Certified Pick up. From 2021 onwards, this central data platform will regulate the release of containers on the basis of encrypted identification and authorisation data. This application contributes to a safe, effective and resilient supply chain.


It is developed by NxtPort, all product information can be found on their website.

You can find an overview of Frequently Asked Questions here.
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SOLAS Container weight verification requirement

As of 1 July changes to 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.

Companies offering weighing facilities for containers

The following service providers in the port of Antwerp offer public weighing facilities:


1 - Certiweight - Quay 667 

2 - Transport Joosen

3 - Zuidnatie - Quay 466-484

4 - IFB - Quay 380

5 - BNFW - Quay 212

6 - Zuidnatie - Quay 104-124

7 - Certiweight - Quay 1933

Download a map with public weighing facilities & contact details 

Don't hesitate to contact us should you have specific questions regarding SOLAS requirements in the port of Antwerp.