After nine months,
the total throughput of Port of Antwerp has decreased by 4.4% compared to last
year. Thanks to container handling, which has maintained the status quo and has
been picking up since July, the port of Antwerp is able to limit the damage
caused by the decline in the throughput of all goods flows. Compared to most
other ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range, the port is holding up very well.
Despite the impact of the corona crisis on global production and logistics
chains, and the following worldwide drop in demand, the port of Antwerp is
holding strong in these very difficult times.
Container traffic continues to pick up
Since July, larger
volumes have been recorded in container handling again, after reaching rock
bottom in May and June. In September, throughput surpassed 1 million TEU again
for the first time since April. In the third quarter, growth occurred mainly in
container traffic to the Far East and within Europe. As a result, container
traffic remained almost unchanged on an annual basis, with -0.2% in TEU
compared to last year. The number of blank sailings has been declining since
Permanent drop in the break bulk segment
Both global trade
turmoil and the corona crisis continue to have a clearly negative effect on
goods flows in the conventional break bulk segment, especially on steel, the
main goods group within this segment
sector also continues to feel the consequences of the crisis. After rising
volumes in June and July, these decreased again in August, which is an annual
phenomenon. There was no clear recovery in September.
In the period
January-September, 10,241 seagoing vessels called at Antwerp, representing a
decrease of 5.3% compared to the same period in 2019. The gross tonnage of
these vessels fell by 6.3%.
A further postponement of payment
In order to
continue supporting the shipping companies, inland navigation operators and
concessionaires at the port of Antwerp in these difficult circumstances, the
Port Authority, in consultation with Alfaport Voka and MLSO, has decided to
grant a further postponement of payment for domain concessions and for shipping
and inland navigation dues.
Thanks to our resilience and container handling we are able to limit
Vandermeiren, Port of Antwerp CEO: ‘The impact of the standstill of the global
supply chain as a result of the corona crisis can still be felt. The prospect
of Brexit also leads to uncertainty in the market. Thanks to container traffic
picking up, the impact on the total throughput in Antwerp remains limited. 2020
will certainly not be a record year like the past seven years, but thanks to
our resilience and container handling we are able to limit the damage.’
World-renowned expertise and the commitment of all our men and women
in the port platform today ensures that we are 100% operational
Annick De Ridder,
Port Alderman: ‘Our port is holding up better than most other, comparable ports
in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. The port’s versatility and resilience are the
result of its great diversity of segments, its wide geographical spread, and
the presence of the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe.
World-renowned expertise and the commitment of all our men and women in the
port platform today ensures that we are 100% operational and open for business
– and this is also being picked up internationally.