NEW DELHI: The Port of Antwerp organised a session for Indian steel companies at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi on 16th February, in partnership with the Indian Steel Association. The objective was to showcase Antwerp as the gateway port for steel exports and imports between the India-Europe corridor. Antwerp logistics companies offering terminal handling, value added logistics and steel service centers discussed their offerings with leading steel players in the Indian industry.
Mr. Luc Arnouts, Director International Relations, Antwerp Port Authority highlighted Antwerp as Europe's leading steel port backed by some very impressive figures for steel. In 2017, the Port handled 223.6 million tonnes of freight volumes of which conventional break bulk rose by 6.6% to 15.3 million tonnes of which steel was 8.2 million tonnes. A significant portion of this was contributed by Indian steel thereby demonstrating the confidence of Indian steel traders in the Port. He outlined that the port's focus is to be a reliable partner to shippers offered through its regular break-bulk sailings to global markets and excellent quadrimodal options available in rail, road, barge and pipeline operations connecting to the European hinterland.
Ms. Ann DeSmet, Commercial Manager, Antwerp Port Authority presented the positive outlook for Europe in 2018 at 1.9% driven by the automotive, construction and mechanical engineering sectors, thereby presenting Indian steel exporters with a strong market opportunity. She also highlighted Antwerp's offer for steel supply chains by pinpointing the port's accessibility by the largest record breaking container vessels, ample choice of multipurpose terminals handling conventional and containerized steel, state of the art handling and storage through the presence of all weather terminal for weather sensitive steel, steel service centers and multiple logistics service providers offering one stop shop for forwarding, transport, logistics and warehousing, customs formalities and fiscal representation.
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Secretary General of the Indian Steel Association on behalf of the Indian steel industry, complimented the port's customer friendliness for looking beyond its premises to develop its hinterland.