6 June 2017

What is the future of port logistics?

The transport and logistics sector has had a difficult time since the economic crisis, but the economy now seems to be recovering. Entrepreneurs are becoming more positive about the future.

Although the outlook is gradually improving, there is no room for complacency. Transport and logistic (T&L) supply chains are going through a period of rapid change and need to adapt various traditional ways of working to prepare for the future and to continue to respond to the ever-increasing demands and challenges presented by supply chain optimisation, integration and coordination. A study conducted by ING Belgium, the University of Antwerp and VIL has analysed the changing supply chain environment in which Belgian/Flemish ports are operating: the changing market environment for ports, changes in business models, the potential impact of (disruptive) technologies (in the area of data collection and analysis, for example) and the evolving role of traditional players, such as industrial companies, terminal operators, 3PLs, port authorities, etc.

You can read the complete analysis here.


  • Kris Neyens (Vlaams Instituut voor Logistiek): "At present a lack of confidence and an aversion to risk are winning out over the idea that further integration is needed and will generate new business opportunities”
  • Professor Theo Notteboom (Anvers University): “There will be a clear need to move beyond individual and local initiatives towards supply chain integration. Additional efficiency gains can be achieved by creating shared networks.”

The study about the future of port logistics was presented in Antwerp May 23rd?

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