Antwerp reports growth in reefer segment

The Port of Antwerp reported very strong growth in the volume of reefer containers for perishables during the first quarter of 2020.

The exceptional volumes are the result of the port’s growing role in the reefer market and increased demand for healthy food and pharmaceutical products during this period.


The port saw a strong increase in perishables traffic during the first quarter. A total of 252,452 TEUs of reefer containers were processed, an increase of +23% compared to the first quarter of 2019 (205,157 TEUs). This is exceptional growth, compared to 3.8% and 7.2% in the first quarter of 2018 and 2019 respectively, given the difficult conditions resulting from the coronavirus crisis.


Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the port has remained 100% operational thanks to the daily efforts and commitment of the entire port community. This allowed the port to continue to fulfil its role as an indispensable link for supplying Europe and contributing to an efficient supply chain.


Despite the challenges, the experienced service providers continued to guarantee fast and high-quality unloading. Various logistical services, such as storage and handling customs and food inspection formalities, continued to run efficiently. After a few relaxations in the handling of phytosanitary documents, it was also possible to work digitally, so that in the event that an original certificate was missing, no blockages were created.

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