Port of Antwerp Shows Resilience Against Slump in Container Volumes

Container traffic increased by 0.4% at the Port of Antwerp in the first half of 2020, bucking the trend of reduced volumes at container ports since COVID-19 began affecting global trade. At the Belgian hub, container volumes increased in the first quarter of the year, but the effects of cancelled sailings were felt from April onwards.

The number of calls made by vessels decreased, but this was compensated by a higher average volume per vessel and by additional calls on top of the normal sailing schedules. Notable climbers in this special period were the transhipment of pharmaceutical products, e-commerce and health foods. At the beginning of June, the port also welcomed the world’s newest largest container ship, the HMM Algeciras with a capacity of 23,964 teu…

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