We take care of your cargo

Stevedoring services around the world are managed by the Business Unit Port Operations. This allows Katoen Natie to share its know-how and to develop a global strategy. High flexibility and productivity in a safe working environment are our main drivers to perform a variety of services. A team of well trained, motivated and highly productive people is ready to take care of your cargo, with the emphasis on quality.

Breakbulk handling

Both our multimodal terminals in Antwerp are specialized in the handling of breakbulk cargo. At our left bank terminal 1227 we focus mainly on the import of steel products, handling over 1,4 million tons yearly. Major steel traders decided to use our terminals as their hub in the Port of Antwerp, as from where they sell and distribute their goods. Extra value added services, such as the cutting of steel plates, are performed on site.

Our right bank terminal 347 places the emphasis on export of general and project cargo, with a wide range of shipping lines calling our terminals regularly.
In the north of France, our terminal in Rouen handles both import and export flows of steel and general cargo.

Providing tailor-made solutions, high quality standards, quick dispatch of the vessels, large storage capacity, smooth discharging and reloading operations are the key stones of our business.

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Dry Bulk handling

Katoen Natie Dry-Bulk Terminals’ expertise stems from 35 years of terminal operation and our in-house engineering department, offering vast experience in developing and building bespoke supply chain solutions for our customers, from warehouse design to specialist dry-bulk handling equipment and processing installations.
With its prime location in the heart of The Port of Antwerp, our right bank Dry-Bulk terminal on quay 347 and can offer you direct road, rail and water connections to the sea, hinterland and easy access to one of Europe’s biggest chemical clusters, making it an ideal distribution center for your dry-bulk product.
In addition to this, our left bank terminal on quay 1227 offers further specialist dry-bulk solutions for containerised and packaged dry-bulk cargo.
Our dedicated storage units and material handling equipment guarantee optimal supply chain fluidity and the best possible storage conditions. With a strong focus on operational efficiency, Katoen Natie Dry-Bulk Terminals keep discharging, loading and transit times to a minimum.

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Our terminal at quay 1227 is able to servestern, side and quarter ramp ro/ro vessels. The terminal has a secure parking area with camera surveillance.

Our dedicated ro/ro gate is equipped with an automated check-in system where truck drivers can register the vehicles, while our gate personnel perform a thorough check of the incoming cargo. A weighbridge up to 60 tonnes is available at the gate.
Our stockkeeping system operates in real time, using scanning devices and the latest technology to ensure full transparency for our customers. Even our stevedoring operations can be followed in real time. The wheeled equipment to support our ro/ ro flow includes Tugmasters, Mafi trailers up to 100 tonnes and small equipment (such as jeeps), enabling us to load and unload all types of ro/ro cargo.

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Container handling

Katoen Natie offers dedicated container handling services in the port of Antwerp in Belgium, the port of Montevideo in Uruguay and the port of Rouen in France. In these terminals, we provide following services:

  • In- and outgoing gate for trucks, barges and rail
  • Planning, discharging and loading seagoing vessels
  • Depot services

Specifically for our terminal 1227 in Antwerp, we provide a hub for receiving containers from petrochemical customers.

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Container freight station

At all our terminals, containers can be stuffed and stripped by our experienced team. We can also lash and secure the cargo. These operations can be performed in ISPS areas and if requested in customs bonded warehouses.

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Freight forwarding

Katoen Natie is a well-known sea freight and airfreight solution provider and delivers highly flexible services through partnerships with leading carriers. We guarantee transport capacities and easily adapt to growing trade volumes – a key benefit when it comes to managing global supply chains.

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Our customs service can arrange all requested customs documentation, all of which to be completed and submitted in line with local regulations. Besides being a specialist in customs, we also take care of all VAT-procedures for our customers.

How we can help you on customs level:

  • Providing advice for almost every kind of product
  • Executing customs activities: import-, transit- and export formalities
  • Bonded warehouses: different types of customs warehouses dedicated to the needs and advantages for the customer
  • Fiscal warehouses: VAT-warehouses

What we can offer you on VAT-level:

  • Providing advice in fiscal representation
  • Different formats of fiscal representation are possible
  • Offering complete VAT-administration for companies not established in Belgium
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Global transport

Katoen Natie’s business unit General Cargo & Commodities supports end-to-end supply chain management by offering road, rail and inland water transport as well as sea freight and airfreight services.

Road & rail transport
With our expertise in road and rail logistics, we can deliver cost-effective solutions that meet your transport requirements. Katoen Natie offers a wide range of road and rail transportation services, including dedicated delivery services.

Inland water transport
Katoen Natie operates a fleet of barges for container transport between major seaports. By offering and promoting inland water transport, we are able to provide our customers a transport mode that is both economical and environment-friendly.

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