The Port of Brussels port authority is a public utility, and the Brussels-Capital Region is its major shareholder. Other municipalities are also shareholders. Governed by local jurisdictions, the Port of Brussels has significant autonomy to manage the port to the benefit of the community and the port's customers.
The Port of Brussels is the second busiest inland port in Belgium. It can accommodate ships up to 4.5 thousand DWT. Only five sailing hours from the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Brussels boasts 12 kilometers of quays and a 14-kilometer waterway served by ample road and rail connections. The Port of Brussels covers a total area of 64 hectares near the city center.
Each year 7.5 million tons of cargo move through the Port of Brussels, and the city is an important supply and distribution center for the surrounding region. Its accessibility has earned it the status of a seaport. It can be reached 24 hours a day throughout the year. The port has an ice breaker that guarantees the port is open throughout the winter.
The Port of Brussels is a dynamic, community-oriented organization that strives to assure that port facilities meet the highest standards and reflect the latest technologies and management principles. It works closely with stakeholders and users of the port to the benefit of the local economy port customers. The Port of Brussels is dedicated to supporting the community's goal of sustainable development in the environmental, economic, and social spheres.
Most of the companies that are located within the Port of Brussels area are based in Brussels and are committed to making long-term investments that guarantee sustainable economic development, value added services, and employment. The Port of Brussels depends on public-private partnerships to provide world-class services and maintain a modern, efficient port.