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Port of Brussels

The Port of Brussels is tasked with managing, operating and developing the port, the outer port and the port facilities of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is a key actor in the sustainable development of the Brussels port area.
The Port of Brussels is tasked with managing, operating and developing the port, the outer port and the port facilities of the Brussels-Capital Region. In its operations, the Port of Brussels works on three priorities of sustainable development: environment, economy and social well-being.

European logistical centre

The Port of Brussels is one of Belgium’s main customs, storage and distribution centres. Accessible to vessels weighing up to 4500 tonnes, it is connected to the road and rail networks, as well as the Brucargo terminal at Brussels Airport. Located just a few minutes from the outer port and the TIR centre, the Port of Brussels plays a vital role in supplying the Brussels-Capital Region.

The Port of Brussels takes the following actions to make the port area attractive for Brussels businesses and inhabitants:

  • Promoting the port as a logistical centre and granting concessions to businesses that set up in the port zone
  • Maintaining and enlarging the port infrastructure: renovating the locks, the cruise boat terminal, enlarging capacity, smartening up the bridges
  • Beefing up safety and security throughout the port by means of CCTV, patrols, improved lighting and a 24/7 call centre
  • Developing new lines for goods transport, particularly the link to Zeebrugge and the ABC axis (Antwerp-Brussels-Charleroi)
  • Organising events and entertainment in the port area (Port Festival, Bruxelles-les-Bains, exhibitions, historical information boards)
  • Organising job fairs for port occupations and hiring young people on first-job agreements

Sustainable development

The Port of Brussels plays a key role in the field of sustainable development.

  • Economic activity: businesses in the port area generally have strong roots in the capital. Their long-term investments guarantee the continuity of economic activity and job creation. The Port of Brussels accounts for 12,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • Advantages for the environment: water transport is the cleanest form of transport. Thanks to the port, there are 680,000 fewer trucks on Brussels’ roads every year (almost 2000 fewer every day). According to estimates, the Port of Brussels cuts the Region's carbon emissions by 106,000 tonnes.
  • Urban integration: the Port of Brussels also contributes to the social aspect of the port area, which now offers leisure options, a cruise ship terminal in the outer port, improved lighting in the port and boards explaining the history of the port.


Port of Brussels
Place des Armateurs 6, 1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 420 67 00

Legal basis

The Société régionale du Port de Bruxelles was created by the Order of 3 December 1992 on the operation and development of the canal, port, outer port and their outbuildings in the Brussels-Capital Region (published in Moniteur belge on 21 January 1993).

The Articles of association of the Société du Port de Bruxelles were amended by the Order of 15 January 1993 of the Executive of the Brussels-Capital Region (published in the 'Moniteur belge' on 18 February 1993).

Information updated on 3 November 2020

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