The port of Antwerp handled 53,265,552 tonnes of freight in the first three months of this year, 3.9% more than in the same period last year.
The container volume in TEU did particularly well with growth of 4.6%, while liquid bulk rose to new heights with growth of 10.6%. Overall, last month was the best month ever recorded in the port of Antwerp in terms of freight volume handled.
The Port Authority is naturally very pleased with these excellent growth figures but nevertheless guards against unbridled optimism in view of the continuing volatility and turbulence in the market.
Containers and breakbulk
The container tonnage rose by 3.2% during the first quarter, finishing at 29,143,365 tonnes. This corresponds to a volume of 2,459,847 TEU, up 4.6% on the same period last year.
The ro/ro volume for its part remained almost static, up just 0.4% to 1,111,278 tonnes. On the other hand the number of cars handled rose by 5.7%, to 308,484 units. Conventional breakbulk also registered growth in comparison with last year, thanks among others to the volume of steel handled (up 14.5% to 1,806,160 tonnes). At the end of March the total volume of conventional breakbulk stood at 2,373,819 tonnes, an increase of 2.4%.