Antwerp Cold Stores is the leading logistics cluster for the food industry on the left bank of the port of Antwerp, a stone's throw away from the most important container terminals: DP Gateway with a capacity of nearly five million TEU and MSC PSA European Terminal with a capacity of nine million TEU, the largest container terminal in Europe. The port of Antwerp is located in the economic centre of Europe and reaches the major consumption areas.
|Paris (Rungis)||350 km|
Antwerp Cold Stores is built close to the border inspection post where the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain and the Belgian customs authorities jointly monitor the import and export of food. The combination of the proactive work relations between Antwerp Cold Stores and the border inspection post on the one hand and the location on the other hand guarantees a fast processing of cargo.
There is a deep-freeze warehouse at the cluster with a capacity of 8,500 pallet places and a refrigerated warehouse with 7,500 pallet places. A new transfer and storage facility will be part of the cluster as from halfway through 2017 and will offer place for 12,000 pallets at both freezer and refrigerated temperatures. The cluster also has two warehouses for the storage of dry food and beverages.
Antwerp Cold Stores is pursuing a role of commitment at all levels of the logistics chain. As a proactive member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, it searches for partners globally with whom to exchange experiences. Antwerp Cold Stores can also appeal to a scientific platform that continuously studies product behaviour during storage and transfer with the goal of achieving the best possible product quality. For this reason, it only works with employees who have experience in handling foodstuffs and it trains young talent. The employees of Antwerp Cold Stores recognise the unique product processing of every customer and take the time to identify the logistics requirements of customers and to implement suitable procedures. They hope to build up new markets for their customers quickly and reliably by using this method. Its commitment is also directly and indirectly expressed at the level of the working relationship with the FASFC and Belgian customs authorities through its proactive membership in relation to the ‘Perishables’ expertise group of the port of Antwerp.