Port of Antwerp welcomes Container Trade Europe 2020

Port of Antwerp welcomes Container Trade Europe 2020

The Journal of Commerce (JOC), part of IHS Markit, announced today, that the next annual Europe container shipping conference, Container Trade Europe, will be hosted by the Port of Antwerp on Oct. 20-22, 2020. ​

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The European conference is based on the successful annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., and attracts shippers from across the continent. ​

The conference program is focused on the needs of container shippers in multiple sectors including automotive, consumer, retail, electronics, healthcare and pharma as well as shippers moving large volumes of containerized cargo and those depending on container and forwarding services, seaports and overland connections. The targeted program is developed and led by the specialized journalist team of the JOC.

“Container Trade Europe in Antwerp comes as the shipping and international logistics are facing significant disruption”, said Peter Tirschwell, Vice President Maritime & Trade at IHS Markit. “Carrier consolidation has fundamentally changed the dynamic between shippers, carriers and forwarders. The race to leverage technology and new business models including the need to combat climate change, means we have a lot of vital topics for our industry on the agenda.”

The Port of Antwerp, one of the world’s leading container ports, which handled 11.1 million TEUs in 2018, is a rapidly growing and technologically pioneering seaport that is at the forefront of leveraging blockchain and other technologies and incubating startups through PortXL, the world’s first port and maritime accelerator. That makes Antwerp an ideal partner of the Journal of Commerce, which has leading expertise in its coverage of logistics technology, and IHS Markit, the leading source of information and insight in critical areas that shape today's business landscape including maritime and international trade.

“The JOC Container Trade Europe conference will feel at home in Antwerp as we both have a firm focus on shippers. Therefore we welcome this partnership that will strengthen our position as a European container gateway.”, added Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp.


Going back to its earliest days as a daily shipping newspaper in New York, The Journal of Commerce has focused on shippers.

The format of Container Trade Europe, including an in-depth, shipper-focused program, is based on the annual TPM conference, the world’s largest container shipping event which will hold its 20th edition on March 1-4 in Long Beach, Calif. That conference is based on a highly focused and richly curated shipper-focused program developed by the JOC team of specialized journalists in containerized transportation and logistics.







About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

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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