Container freight at the Port of Antwerp performed strongly in the second quarter of 2019 with a new record volume which was immediately topped in May.
Container peaks in April and May brought the growth rate to 4.9%, thanks mainly to more transhipment to and from all trading regions with the exception of South America.
Transhipment trade with the Far East even scored double digit growth of 11.7%.
Jacques Vandermeiren, Port of Antwerp CEO, stated: “Container throughput continues to expand, which is good news for our leading position in the worldwide logistics chain.
“However, achieving the desired modal split remains a focus of attention. Ongoing efforts are aimed at getting more containers carried by rail and barge.”
Meanwhile, breakbulk volumes were 1.7% down compared with the end of the first quarter.
Roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) cargo expanded by 3.2% in the first quarter and then flattened out with growth of just 0.9%.
Annick De Ridder, alderman for the port, added: “Antwerp is continuing on its growth trajectory despite the current international climate.
“These figures once more underline the need for additional container capacity. I am fully convinced that together with our port companies and other partners we will continue along this growth path.”