The rise is evident in all types of cargo. However, it is most pronounced with regard to container traffic. 130 million tonnes of container freight will have passed through Antwerp by the end of the year, 5.8% more that was the case last year. Tonnage of Fluids and dry bulk goods grew by 4.5% and 5% respectively. Meanwhile, break bulk cargo tonnage has risen by 1.8%.
In addition to a rise in tonnage, the Port Company also reports a “wave of investment” totaling 2.3 billion euro over the past year.
A large portion of this was in companies in the chemical cluster, including Borealis’ 1 billion euro investment in a new propylene factory.