Port of Antwerp welcomes Container Trade Europe 2020

Monday 16 12 2019

Port of Antwerp and Journal of Commerce (JOC), a member of IHS Markit, have announced that they will bring the next Europe Container Shipping Conference to Antwerp. The conference named Container Trade Europe will be held on 20-22 October 2020.

The programme is mainly aimed at shippers in various sectors of the economy who are strongly dependent on container and forwarding services, seaports and landward transport, and will be developed and led by a team of experienced journalists within JOC.


Tipping point in container transport


"Container Trade Europe is being held at a moment of significant change in container transport and in international logistics in general," says Peter Tirschwell, vice-president Maritime & Trade business at IHS Markit. "Carrier consolidation has fundamentally altered the dynamic between shippers, carriers and forwarders. There is a competition struggle using technology and new business models to better meet the requirements of shippers. The battle against climate change also forms part of this."


Antwerp is European container gateway


Port of Antwerp handled 11.1 million TEU in 2018 and leads the way in the use of innovative technologies. As such it is the ideal partner for Journal of Commerce which has leading expertise in the field of logistics technology. 


Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren explains: "The JOC Container Trade Europe conference will feel at home in Antwerp, because we both focus strongly on shippers. We therefore welcome this partnership which can only strengthen our position as the European container gateway."




Port of Antwerp recently also launched a campaign for e-commerce. This marketing campaign is mainly aimed at distributors in the European hinterland and in China. Advantages such as logistics know-how, excellent hinterland connections and the recently introduced BE-Gate customs platform are all featured. The campaign appears both in English and in Chinese.


For more information: download the white paper here