The Port of Brussels estate enjoys an ideal location at the centre of Europe.
It allows an inland waterway and maritime shipping, which is remarkable for an inland port. Access from the Port of Antwerp takes five hours, via a canal that has only two locks. The Port of Brussels is connected directly to motorways serving the Netherlands, Germany, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom. The north-European railway network - among the densest of the world - is directly connected to the outer port. As for connections by air, the Brucargo terminal is by the side of the Antwerp motorway, hardly a few minutes away from the maritime outer port and the TIR Logistics Centre.
The Port of Brussels is attracting an increasing number of more and more competitive companies.
A major customs, storage and distribution centre, the Port of Brussels has supported the establishment of many industries and marketing activities, in the food-processing, building materials, energy, chemistry, metal recovery sectors, and so on. Transport activities are also of major importance there, because the Port of Brussels plays a paramount role for the supply of the city.
A major Player in Europe
One cannot speak about Brussels without thinking of Europe. The same applies to its port. The latter has the ambition of playing a key role within the European transport networks. Founder-member of the EFIP (European Federation of Inland Ports), the Port of Brussels intends to affirm the economic role of the inland ports and the development of combined transport in Europe.
This European and multimodal dimension is present in the modernisation and development of the port infrastructure projects: extension of the port estate, new logistical warehouses, urban distribution centres, and so on.
A European Logistics Centre
Some important European companies have chosen Brussels as the distribution centre of their products in Europe. The advantages of Brussels as a strategic centre are obvious: proximity of the decision-making bodies of the European Union, effectiveness of the public transport systems (HST, modern airport connected to the downtown area,…), multilingualism, etc. The Port of Brussels is perfectly integrated into this cluster. Crossing the city from north to south, it offers a whole range of installations, located in essentially industrial areas, in the immediate vicinity of the historical centre.