The Port of Brussels is developing a network of transshipment platforms along the canal
Such a network of transshipment platforms allows the delivery of palletized goods closer to the end-user and a reduction of the “last mile” costs, that is to say the costs of transport between the last transshipment and the final destination, which remains generally by road. And the longer this post-routing, the more the economic profitability forces one to resort to high-capacity vehicles. By reducing this “last mile” distance, one can call on vehicles that are smaller, more ecological and better adapted to the city. Another advantage, these vehicles can be loaded directly from the adapted boat, equipped with a crane.
The platform network has two hubs (in green on the map) located in the Vergote dock and the Biestebroeck dock. These hubs allow the temporary storage of goods, as well as complementary logistic activities (grouping, repacking, etc.). They accommodate fast-moving consumer goods, but also building materials, parcel distribution, and so on.
Between these hubs, various transshipment points (pink on the map) will enable the goods to be unloaded closest to their final destination.
In addition, the Port takes part in several European and local projects that aim for a better urban distribution. An additional proof of the Port’s crucial role for achieving sustainable mobility in Brussels.