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 structure, which will seeks to rationalise the transport of goods in the city, in particular by the implementation of Urban Distribution Centres (UDC) by a regulatory framework favouring 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, of an exceptional tool at its disposal: the canal. Indeed, nearly 4.5 million tons are transhipped on the Port of Brussels estate each year.
In order to diversify and attract new traffic, 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 tranship palletized goods and consumer goods ; but also “big bags” (used for the transport of waste of construction) or small containers. These CTU form integral part of the development of the Brussels network for urban distribution and must be perceived as complementary to the UDC set up by the Region.
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