A re­li­able lo­gis­tics part­ner

Maritime Gateway - - Contents -

Ev­ery­thing flows from the way we look at our­selves,” said Raj Khalid, In­dia Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Port of An­twerp, as he shared the vi­sion of his port – to be a re­li­able link that is both cost ef­fec­tive and smooth in the ship­ping chain. The Port of An­twerp has re­cently taken over the role of an ac­tive land­lord lord port where cargo han­dling is done by the pri­vate sec­tor, while the port au­thor­ity man­ages the in­fra­struc­ture. The port con­trib­utes about 5.6 per cent to the GDP of Bel­gium while gen­er­at­ing em­ploy­ment to about 70,000 peo­ple.

The con­ces­sion pol­icy of the port fo­cuses on the in­vest­ment be­ing made, em­ploy­ment gen­er­ated and the im­pact on cargo while award­ing con­ces­sion to pri­vate par­ties. An­twerp is Eu­rope's most cen­tral sea­port. Seago­ing ves­sels can trans­port goods 80 kilo­me­tres in­land, into the heart of Eu­rope. This means trans­port via the Port of An­twerp to Euro­pean cus­tomers and fac­to­ries is not only quick and cheap, it is also very eco­log­i­cal. It means less road trans­port, which is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for many man­u­fac­tur­ers. To­wards the con­clu­sion Raj high­lighted the mer­its of his port – zero wait­ing time, zero ac­ci­dents and zero debt.

Raj Khalid, In­dia Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Port of An­twerp

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