Road transport

The port is centrally located and surrounded by motorways which connect to the European hinterland. These international motorways go directly to neighbouring countries and possibly further destinations. Because Antwerp is 80 kilometres inland, the distances for road transport are not as long. The Port of Antwerp offers excellent services to road transporters. Various initiatives will further optimise the connectivity to and the mobility in and around the port.

By continuously taking policy and commercial initiatives, it is possible to further optimize the connectivity to the port and mobility in and around the port. 


Container terminals open 24/5

straddle carrier container terminal port of Antwerp

By opening the terminals earlier for road transport, there is a better spread of the morning rush hour. This results in earlier delivery times.


Some of the container terminals, including those at the Deurganck dock, are already open 24/5, from Monday 5 a.m. to Saturday 5 a.m.





Promote nighttime logistics

Together with all parties involved (shipping companies, terminals, inland terminals, agents, freight forwarders, forwarders, transport companies, authorities, etc.), the Port Authority aims to make optimum use of the existing road capacity. One of the intended actions is that other terminals also keep their doors open at night. 


A further expansion of night logistics is a possible solution to absorb peaks in container transport at terminals and by road. This will contribute to the decongestion of the road network in Antwerp and the Waasland during rush hour.




Infrastructure projects

Continuously ensuring an accessible and safe port is not easy. Investments in infrastructure are essential for this. The Port Authority, the city of Antwerp and the Agency for Roads and Traffic are permanently making improvements to important access roads to and in the port.


Overview of major roadworks in the port


Extra lorry parkings

The Port Authority is building extra lorry parking on strategic locations in the port area, both on the Left and Right bank. It allows lorry drivers to take a break in a secure location.


Lorry parking Ketenislaan (Left bank): operational by the summer of 2020

  • room for 370 trucks,
  • all necessary facilities (sanitary facilities, showers, WiFi, water supply, fencing, camera network, access check, etc.).
  • current project phase: permits requested.
  • aimed at port users.  
  • access check via the Alfapass.
  • parking prohibition in the surrounding area to avoid illegal parking. 



Lorry parking Goordijk (Noorderlaan 626)

Parking Goordijk currently has 210 parking spaces for lorries and will also be updated. 

  • GPS contact details: 51° 17’ 12.35” N, 4° 23’ 04.79” O; (by classification yard Antwerp-North)
  • Entry is free,
  • Area of 50,000 m²,
  • expansion of 210 parking spaces, 
  • sanitary facilities,
  • access check and camera surveillance,
  • LED lighting,
  • fire fighting equipment,
  • extensive WiFi coverage. 


Specific port vehicles request an updated adapted traffic regulation

Transport with specific port vehicles is indispensable in a major port. Just think of mobile cranes, forklift trucks or straddle carriers for example. This type of transport also uses the public highway. The Port Authority proposed area covering port traffic regulations with uniform regulations for both Left bank and Right bank. Subject to the approval of the Flemish Government, this regulation will come into force in the autumn of 2019. 


The updated traffic regulation has to ensure efficient cargo traffic throughout the port between terminals, warehouses, etc.