To fulfil its mission of logistics facilitator, and in the context of the areal Strategic Plan for the transport of goods, the Port is working on the installation of an urban distribution infrastructure, which seeks to rationalise the transport of goods in the city, in particular by implementing several Urban Distribution Centres (UDC) and by means of a regulatory framework in favour of the sustainable transport of goods.
The required objective is to pool and consolidate the flows of goods in order to reduce the distances covered by road and the number of vehicles in the city. The Region has, in this respect, an exceptional asset at its disposal: the waterway. Indeed, the waterway is the only way to Brussels that does not encounter traffic jams. Nearly 4.5 million tons of goods are transshipped on the Port of Brussels estate each year.
In order to diversify and attract new traffics, the Port of Brussels has been developing, since 2013, Urban Transshipment Centres (UTC) in the north and the south of the Region. The UTC are multi-purpose platforms, adapted to the urban context, in particular making it possible to transship palletized goods and consumer goods ; but also “big bags” (used for the transport of construction waste) or small containers. These CTU form integral part of the development of the Brussels network for urban distribution and must be seen as complementary to the UDC set up by the Region.
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