The port of Brussels is ideally situated in the heart of Europe.
It is accessible to both river traffic and seagoing vessels of up to 4,500 tonnes, which is remarkable for an inland port. It is only 5 hours from Antwerp via a canal with only two locks. The port of Brussels is also served by direct high-speed road links to the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom. The northern European rail network - one of the most extensive anywhere in the world - also provides direct access to the outer harbour. The Brucargo air terminal, along the Antwerp highway, is just a few minutes away by road from the outer harbour and TIR centre.
A nerve centre for an ever-growing number of competitive enterprises.
With its customs and excise, warehousing and distribution facilities, the port of Brussels has attracted many industries and businesses from a variety of sectors, including food and agriculture, building materials, energy, chemicals, scrap metal salvage and recycling, etc. Transport is therefore of utmost importance as the port of Brussels is also crucial for the supply of goods and services to the city of Brussels.
A major player on the European scene...
For many, Brussels is synonymous with Europe. The same is true for its port, and its key role within European transport networks. As a founder member of the EFIP (European Federation of Inland Ports), the port of Brussels is indeed set to fulfil its role in ensuring the economic development of inland ports, as well as that of combined modes of transport throughout Europe.
This European and multimodal dimension is apparent in the projects to modernize and develop the port's infrastructures, with the provision of additional facilities, new logistic stores, warehouses and so on.
And a key European logistics centre
Naturally enough, many major companies have chosen Brussels as a centre for the distribution of their products throughout Europe. Given its strategic location, the advantages are obvious. Within the immediate vicinity of the decision-making organisations of the European Union, with efficient passenger transport systems, (TGV, a modern airport with direct access to the city centre, etc.), and given its multilingual and cosmopolitan character, it indeed has a great deal to offer. The port of Brussels fits perfectly into the scheme of things. Running right through into the heartland of the city, from north to south, it integrates a whole variety of installations, facilities and amenities, many of them situated in essentially industrial areas, providing yet another vital link to the city's historical centre.