Certified Pick up rolled out in Antwerp: important step in the digitalisation of logistics chain for containers

Certified Pick up rolled out in Antwerp: important step in the digitalisation of logistics chain for containers

On 19 February, the last phase of the roll-out of Certified Pick up (CPu) was successfully completed for container terminals before the locks. This digitalisation process is an important milestone for container transport to and from Antwerp. Certified Pick up not only improves the safety of incoming containers but, as the first central platform, it also creates a transparent logistics chain. Preparations are also underway to link the terminals behind the locks in Antwerp to CPu.

Transparency, safety and efficiency are the priority with Certified Pick up

Every day, truck drivers collect around 3,000 containers from the Antwerp port area. This process currently runs via one central information system. Certified Pick up is the first digital platform that connects safety and transparent communication. Thanks to CPu, developed by NxtPort, every link in the chain will receive prompt updates. This offers a range of benefits for each of the involved parties.

Kurt Van Loon, Project Manager Certified Pick up: "Certified Pick up is a game changer. The platform offers freight forwarders the option to draft more accurate plans as they will know when a container will be unloaded. CPu is beneficial for transport companies because they will be immediately notified if they can't collect a damaged container, for example. Therefore, they do not need to send unnecessary trucks to the port and can avoid additional costs. The system also prevents claims, thanks to the real-time information on the customs status. This transparent process is unique in the world."

Safety is a core value for CPu. Containers can only depart from the port in Antwerp by inland navigation ship, train or truck after release by Certified Pick up. This takes place based on identity rather than pin codes. As a result, the platform can track which parties were involved in handling the container. The system thus prevents abuse and increases general safety. The customs process is also completely transparent in CPu. A container may only leave the quay if customs has given it the green light.

Willam Demoor, Chief Customer Relations Officer: "The digital transformation of our ports is in full swing. With CPu, we have taken the first step and, together with the parties concerned, we will now see how we can improve the user interface. And this is just the beginning of our digital evolution, as we work together with the port community to ensure the efficiency and safety of logistics, based on the digitalisation pact of 'The Way Forward'.”
Eric Verlinden, Project Manager The Way Forward: "With The Way Forward, we are fully committed to developing a collective digital infrastructure in our port. As a representative of the port community, Alfaport Voka is taking an active role in collaboration with NxtPort and Port of Antwerp-Bruges. The digital platforms and applications we develop contribute to a more efficient and safer port. CPu is a great first example of how digitalisation can enhance the security of container handling in the port. ​ As a second major project, we are now working hard on the Inbound Release Platform (IRP), a solution for the new PN/TS customs system that will further increase efficiency, security and transparency for all inbound cargo flows at the port.”
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With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management. 


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