Antwerp boosts e-commerce hub

Tuesday 26 05 2020

E-commerce is enjoying a boom at the moment. With retail outlets closed due to the corona lockdown more people than usual are resorting to online shopping. As a company you naturally want to join this bandwagon, but there are various unique challenges to be overcome: high customer expectations, a complex supply chain and customs checks.

Why Port of Antwerp? Well, its central location, its specialised network and its extensive storage capacity. Thanks to its ‘bonded warehouse’ status it has more than 6.1 million m² of storage space where you can keep your goods duty-free for as long as you want. Then there are data platforms such as the NxtPort start-up which put Port of Antwerp on the world map for logistics thanks to efficient, transparent communication. 


The Chinese retailing giant Alibaba chose Antwerp as its European base as far back as 2018. And in 2019 the logistics specialist Lily Maas also found a partner in the port of Antwerp. Lily Maas teamed up with transport architects Sealogis Freight Forwarding Belgium to further develop the e-commerce process. After 25 years Sealogis decided to turn its expertise towards e-commerce, developing a unique "last mile solution." This process covers all the last steps in goods transport, including customs clearance, sorting, palletisation and labelling. The aim is to get the merchandise as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible from ship to e-commerce platform. 


Would you like to find out more about the Antwerp e-commerce hub? Check out our white paper at or read 5 questions on E-commerce