Supporting policy

The Port of Antwerp is centrally located and easily accessible. To ensure the port is easily accessible in the future too, the Port Authority, together with the stakeholders in the sector, invests in a targeted policy based on the Master Plan for Road Transport.

The importance of analysis

In order to draw up the Master Plan, the Port Authority regularly conducts market analyses. The results are used in policy measures and specific actions. What is measured?

  • The containers at the terminals: where do they come from, what is their destination, are they full or empty ? This gives the Port Authority a good idea of the structure and extent of the hinterland that is serviced by road.
  • Mobility in and around the port (Mobility study Port area Antwerp). In September 2011, the Port Authority carried out a large-scale traffic count regarding road transport in and around the port. Based on this count, the Port Authority has a better understanding of the ratio between through traffic and port-related lorry traffic.

Monitoring of policy making

Another part of the Master Plan for Road Transport is the monitoring of policy making The Port Authority closely follows European, federal, Flemish and local policy developments related to road transport to allow in-depth monitoring.

Optimising operational and administrative processes

The Port Authority stimulates and supports all initiatives resulting in more efficient operational and administrative processes in road transport in and around the port. The electronic pre-notification of trucks to the container terminals is one of these initiatives. The advantage of pre-notification is that it enables the terminal operator to optimise personnel and resources depending on the schedule of the haulier. And for the haulier, waiting times at the terminal are reduced to a minimum. More information about electronic pre-notification is available on the website of APCS (Antwerp Port Community System).

Infrastructure projects

Safeguarding the accessibility to and the safety and mobility in and around Antwerp is an absolute top priority for the port. In view of its economic importance for the Flemish region, the Flemish government drew up the 2020 Master Plan . This plan specifies the construction of a third Scheldt crossing, but also infrastructure works at major roads and junctions to guarantee smooth access to and from the port.

Permanent consultation

To take into account the complaints, wishes and interests of the road transport industry, the Port Authority set up the “Permanent Road Transport Consultative Council”. Febetra and Transport & Logistics Flanders, and Alfaport Antwerp are on this council.

Contact

Chris Coeck

Function: 
Manager Strategy & Analysis
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp

Jan Buytaert

Function: 
Consultant Strategy & Analysis
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp