Houston and Antwerp, leaders in breakbulk

Thursday 19 10 2017

It was a warm reunion between the ports of Antwerp and Houston at the Breakbulk Americas trade fair. The two ports have long and good relations, sharing each other's predilection for the breakbulk sector. Indeed, both are leaders in breakbulk: Houston is the largest breakbulk port in America, while Antwerp for its part is the largest in Europe. 

Breakbulk Americas

Breakbulk Americas is the largest exhibition of its kind in the USA, where shippers and breakbulk service providers can get together.

It is also the place-to-be for networking with EPC operators (Engineering, Procurement & Construction).

Antwerp Port Authority naturally had its own stand at this event, together with specialist breakbulk companies such as Atlas Breakbulk Alliance, Belgo-Iberian Maritime, Clipper, Katoen Natie and Zuidnatie. 



Antwerp, your breakbulk home port

The port of Antwerp is keen to promote its breakbulk advantages, showcasing a different breakbulk player every month. This month the featured operator is Deufol Port of Antwerp. This company creates significant added value for the oil and gas industry, taking care of reception, customs clearance, line item checks, consolidation and packaging of a wide range of goods. Deufol is a reliable partner for refineries who call upon its Antwerp services for pipelines, dangerous goods handling and spare parts. In 2016 Deufol handled no fewer than 2,300 wooden boxes with 12,456 items.


Read more about breakbulk expertise in the Port of Antwerp

Strong links

Some 22.5 million tonnes of freight travels between the port of Antwerp and the USA each year, in particular chemicals, containers and of course breakbulk (1.5 million tonnes). The port of Houston is a leading player in this trade. In fact the largest city in Texas is also the largest trading partner of the port of Antwerp. The commercial links between the two cities were given a strong boost in 2014 with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding in which the ports committed themselves to among other things setting up joint initiatives in the fields of marketing and business development.

Houston was hit badly by the devastating hurricane Harvey at the end of August this year. Immediately after the disaster the Antwerp port alderman Marc Van Peel and Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermieren contacted their opposite numbers in Houston to offer help, which was greatly appreciated. The port of Houston was out of operation for a week and is now busy with dredging work to clear the obstacles left behind by Harvey.

Read more on portofantwerp.com/breakbulk 


Annick Dekeyser

Marketing Expert
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