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July 19, 2018

Port of Antwerp sets new records with best half year ever

After a record first three months in 2018 the port of Antwerp has also had an excellent second quarter with May as the best month ever.

During the first six months of the year the port handled 118,648,143 tonnes of freight, a sharp increase of 6.5% compared with the same period last year.

The main driver continues to be container freight which experienced further rapid growth of 8.2% compared with the first six months of 2017, rising to 66,298,043 tonnes.

In TEU this indicates an increase to 5,567,905 TEU (up 8.3%). May was an all-time record month, with the port of Antwerp handling a peak container volume of more than 1 million TEU.

Growth was experienced on all trade routes, both on the import and on the export side. Despite geopolitical tensions there was a favourable economic climate with strong growth in consumer goods, wheeled vehicles and chemicals.

Source: Port of Antwerp