The Antwerp Port Authority is registering growing traffic in goods between the Belgian port and the markets of Austria and Hungary, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
Both CEE countries are attractive markets for ports in the north, south, and west, according to the press release. Due to its central position, Antwerp is one of the most important industrial and export ports for both Central and Eastern Europe, with the need for intermodal connections on the rise.
For example, the press release noted, international transport operator Hupac added a new route on September 11 to its network that includes Antwerp, Vienna, and Budapest. The route operates on a twice-a-week rotation.
Other intermodal transport options are offered by Rail Cargo Logistics Austria in cooperation with Rail&Sea, Lineas Intermodal, and Kombiverkehr. The route includes Linz, Vienna, Wels, and Budapest, connecting the Hungarian capital with overseas destinations.
"The intermodal offering developed between Antwerp and the CEE is a joyful development for Austrian and Hungarian transporters," said Walter Holzhammer, the Antwerp Port Authorityʼs representative for Austria and Hungary. "The port invested a lot into transport connections to background countries in the last years," he added.
Transported goods include steel, machinery, cranes, rail cars, wind turbines, chemical and petrochemical products, containers, and products of the auto industry, which is especially important for Hungary.
"The strong Hungarian car manufacturing industry provides a large development opportunity for intermodal connections towards Antwerp, not only from the Finished Vehicle Logisticsʼ and CKD Logisticsʼ point of view," noted Holzhammer.
"In the upcoming years, we are expecting a greatly increased flow of goods from Austria and Hungary," added Luc Arnouts, CCO of the Antwerp Port Authority. "We have to create new, systemic transport connections to match the challenges posed by the growth."
Apart from rail connections, Antwerp is also accessible along rivers, with ships able to access a range of important destinations, including cities on the Danube.