All vehicles should have a packing list in the lower right corner of the front window. For trailers: on the front of the trailer. These should also be send to us together with the booking.

Cars & jeeps can only be loaded with personal effects in the trunk.

Small and Big Vans such as a Mercedes Vito, Citroen jumper, …
In open compartments, passenger vans, cargo is only allowed up to shoulder height of seats. In closed compartments, cargo is only allowed up to half of the height of the compartment.

Trucks & Trailers
Terminals will do physical checks on the seaworthiness of the cargo. This means that all cargo inside should be well lashed and secured. Loose cargo is not allowed.

If any vehicles are delivered that do not comply with these rules, terminal will block the cargo on port upon arrival. Client has max 10 days to solve the problems, everything that is not solved within 10 days will be inspected by environment and police who at their turn will decide if the cargo is in regulation. At that point they can decide if all cargo, including the vehicle has to be removed and destroyed.

Costs for this will be charged to the client and is not open for discussions. We kindly ask to comply with these rules as from today. The Port will evaluate the cargo and these new regulations month by month and if there is a lot of cargo that keeps getting blocked they might change their view and put a ban on additional cargo. Meaning that all Vehicles should be empty.

Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to do their outmost to comply with these new regulations.
New Regulations in the Port of Antwerp
We want to point out that all second hand vehicles and additional cargo need to comply with rules and regulations in place following the most recent Port Instructions and the Municipal Port Police Regulations (MPPR). As agreed upon during a recent meeting with representatives of the port community, we would like to use this message as a reminder of the rules and engagements concerning the loading list of additional cargo.

Article 4.9.9 of the MPPR states that "for every vehicle that is loaded with additional cargo, a detailed loading list shall be drawn up with indication of all the additional cargo items; general descriptions such as 'personal goods' are not acceptable".

Also stated in all instructions, additional cargo in the vehicle is only allowed if it can be easily accessed and inspected.

We urge all shippers and agents to make sure:
  • To attach the packing list on the inside of the front screen window of the vehicle at the bottom right area, in a manner that it does not cause any visibility problems for the terminal driver assigned to load and/or discharge the vehicle;

  • That the packing list is in possession (digitally) of the agent and in compliance with all national an international regulations;

  • That the packing list is sent to the agency of the shipping line that will ship the cargo in order to be fully aware of what they are transporting;

  • that each packing list bears a unique reference allowing to be traced/reproduced for/advisted to any competent authority and/or party in case of legal requirement.

In case that the vehicle is not compliant with these instructions, it will be blocked and cannot be exported.  

We trust that all parties involved will take note of these regulations in order to continue this cargo flow in a safe and sustainable way.
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