Steel & non-ferrous products

The Port of Antwerp is Europe's main steel port. The port's excellent accessibility, its state-of-the-art infrastructure, its many added value activities and the highly skilled workers ensure all steel cargo in Antwerp is handled reliably and carefully. With more than 220 breakbulk calls a month, a quick turnaround of goods is guaranteed, and the many specialised steel service centres in the port ensure tailor-made handling.

The Port of Antwerp has a long tradition in handling steel. Practically all big steel producers ship their goods via Antwerp, be it coils, sheets, steel plates, long iron, tubes, wire rods or non-ferrous products.

Expertise and know-how in steel

All steel products are handled with the greatest care using the most innovative technologies, perfectly packaged in accordance with international maritime standards. The steel service centres provide a range of added value activities, using the most modern (IT) technologies. Considerable investments are also made in the training of workers. They regularly follow courses in the handling of steel products. Result: no damage and no accidents which results in lower costs and no downtime.

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has approved different service providers in the Port of Antwerp for the storage of, among others, zinc, aluminium and lead. This approval means steel billets and non-ferrous metal, handled under the LME agreements, can be stored in Antwerp.

Total cost perspective

Opting for the Port of Antwerp means opting for a cost efficient port. Thanks to the diversity of service steel centres, steel products in the port can be further finished without further transport or handling by a third party. On different production lines, hot-rolled steel rolls of the coil and is cut to size. Depending on the customer's wishes, the cut steel is packaged and labelled.

Reliable connectivity

More than other ports, the Port of Antwerp guarantees a just in time delivery to the end customer.

  • By sea: more than 220 fixed breakbulk calls a month.
  • By train: over 177 intermodal container shuttles travel to 28 destinations in 11 countries (all cargo).
  • By barge: there are 222 container barge shuttles a week to 85 destinations in Europe (all cargo).

All steel terminals have tri-modal access and allow immediate transshipment to truck, barge and/or rail.


The port has a total capacity in excess of 10 million tonnes for the handling of steel. After important investments, resulting in a further increase in capacity, attention and support for new technologies and innovations is a permanent topic on the agenda. 



Wim Dillen

International Development Manager
+32 3 229 65 92