First phase of Certified Pick: A major step in the digitalisation of container transport

First phase of Certified Pick: A major step in the digitalisation of container transport

As of today, 60% of the containers collected daily at the deep-sea terminals in the Antwerp port use a new data platform, Certified Pick up (CPu). This launch marks a major milestone in the digital transformation of container handling and transport. The next step will follow soon, with other users gradually migrating to CPu over the coming weeks. The platform should be fully deployed by the end of January.

Every day, around 2,500 containers are handled at the deep-sea terminals in the port. The release and collection of a container involves several parties: ship agents, terminals, transport companies (truck, rail, barge) and services such as customs. The launch of Certified Pick-up (CPu) is a key moment in the digitalisation of this logistics chain, a transition that the entire port community has been working on. The system contributes to a safer, more transparent and more efficient container process.

This new way of working requires changes in the way many companies operate. A phased approach has therefore been chosen. This spreads the pressure on users to register, giving them more time to prepare. 60% of all unloaded containers are being collected via CPu. The system is working well but will be continuously monitored during this launch phase. The feedback received from those using the system is acted upon immediately. As a result, we are currently working on solutions that will further improve the performance of the system.

Over the next few weeks, other users will gradually migrate to CPu. We aim to be 100% live by the end of the month. Throughout this transition period, we will continue to work closely with the port community. In order to ensure a smooth transition, we ask all stakeholders, including but not limited to shipping companies, ship agents, container terminals, forwarders and logistics companies, barge and rail operators and trucking companies, to register and transfer pick-up rights all the way to the transport operators. Nearly 3,500 companies have now registered on the platform, two-thirds of which are foreign companies, with a total of 16,000 unique users. ​


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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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