Strengthening the partnership with UK

Monday 26 02 2018

Antwerp Port Authority has announced a vacancy for a new full-time representative in the UK to promote the port's interests there. Now that Brexit is looming closer, it is necessary to keep in closer touch with the economic situation as Britain is such an important trading partner for the port. The significance of these trade relations was also emphasised by the British Secretary of State Robin Walker during his recent visit to the port of Antwerp. 

Full confidence

Jacques Vandermeiren en Robin Walker

During his visit to the port Robin Walker stressed the good relations with the port of Antwerp: "Our close trade relations and political links with Belgium go far back and will continue to exist and indeed become stronger when we leave the EU. We have every confidence that we will able to achieve a future partnership in which both countries can continue to reap the benefits of free access to each other's market.



14 million tonnes

With an annual freight volume of 14 million tonnes, the UK is the third-largest trading partner of the port of Antwerp. In 2017, however, the port experienced a contraction of 8% in its UK trade, probably due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren declared: "We plead for a clear, well-defined Brexit, both during the current transition period and in the post-Brexit age, in order to prevent a disintegration of the internal market. That means having as few tariff barriers and administrative obstacles as possible."


Wanted: full-time representative to boost Antwerp's market position

Antwerp Port Authority is keen to maintain and indeed further strengthen the port's position in the UK in the near future. Antwerp is able to offer two very strong advantages in particular: as an investment location close to the European centres of decision-making, and as a gateway to Europe from where the continent can be served quickly and efficiently.

In the near future the Port Authority will therefore strive to further expand the shortsea container network with the UK and Ireland.

The new UK trade representative for the port of Antwerp will be expected to develop a relevant local business network to promote the port of Antwerp and to act as a link between questions on the British side and the solutions that Antwerp has to offer. Attracting additional sources of trade and investment will also form part of the new, full-time representative's job.

Find out more about the vacancy and how to apply (deadline end of April 2018)

Port of Antwerp delegation to Liverpool International Business Festival

In addition to the appointment of a new representative participation of a high-level delegation of the Port of Antwerp to the International Business Festival in Liverpool is planned between 19th and 21st June. The Port of Antwerp will have a booth and will highlight a number of innovation and digitisation projects it has underway to enhance its clients’ supply chain efficiency and transparency during the International Maritime Forum on June 21st. 

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