Transport Belgium with Seacon Logistics
Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Belgium. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport.
Belgium has experienced a major economic boom in recent decades. The country's gross domestic product (GDP) has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Neighbouring countries the Netherlands, Germany and France are important trading partners for Belgium.
For years, the Netherlands has been among the top-three countries with the highest export value to Belgium. In 2021, the export value was €62.8 billion (2020: €49.4 billion) and the import value was €52.2 billion (2020: €41.5 billion).
For transport to and from this interesting transport country, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Belgium.
Important transport routes Belgium and your benefits
Belgium is known as a European trade centre, logistics hub and as 'the heart of Europe'. The country has one of the densest infrastructure networks in the world, especially in terms of international shipping and fast logistics transit times. By road freight, we can reach destinations such as Paris, Duisburg, Rotterdam and London within five hours.
Belgium's motorway network is very well-developed and does not have any toll roads. The short distances between Belgium and surrounding neighbouring countries (such as Germany) considerably shorten the time of road freight. Transport between these countries involves few particularities, allowing your shipments to be transported without complications.
Belgium is home to an important European port: Antwerp (Port of Antwerp-Bruges). With one of the most important and largest seaports in the world, Belgium has developed as an important transit country between Central and Western Europe. The main airport in Belgium is Brussels-Zaventem (BRU).
Important cities for freight transport in Belgium
In Belgium, most transport is concentrated in the regions of Brussels, Antwerp, Charleroi, Liège and Bruges.
Brussels – the capital of Belgium and Flanders – is not only home to the Flemish government, but also serves as an important industrial centre. There are many factories for the textile, metal, electrical and chemical industries, but also machine and vehicle factories and iron, steel and rolling mills are prominently represented. Many manufactured goods are shipped to Antwerp for international transport and from there further distributed globally.
Looking for a well-thought-out logistics solution for your transport from or to Belgium? Then contact our specialists. Together with our local partners, we will draw up a suitable logistics solution for you, with which we will transport your goods safely and efficiently to or from Belgium.
Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics
We offer different types of transport to and from Belgium. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Belgium:
- Groupage transport to Belgium
- Pallet shipment
- Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
- Full loads (FCL / FTL)
- Rail transport
- Deliveries in the city centre
- Delivery with tailboard
- Express delivery to Belgium
Groupage Belgium - LCL and LTL
The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.
The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.
Full loads Belgium - FCL or FTL
The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.
With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity.
Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination.
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Special transport Belgium
In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Belgium. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Belgium to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports:
- Long goods
- Dangerous goods (ADR)
- Boxes (KTN)
- Boxes (BOX)
- Heavy load
- Pallets (PLT)
- Gitter boxes (GIBO)
- Barrels (FSS)
- Other loose goods
Transport options Belgium: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa
At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South-America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.
From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Belgium to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment.
Transit and delivery times for transport to Belgium
To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently.
It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Belgium arrives at your customer faster than usual.
For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you.
Customs: the correct import and export documents
Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.
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Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Belgium
As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.
To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic.
Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details
As an international logistics hub, Belgium is well-equipped for transport and has had extensive trade relationships with global partner countries for decades. In addition to the EU directives on freight transport, there are only a few general rules in Belgium. We have listed the most notable (traffic) rules:
- Overtaking ban for trucks over 3.5 tonnes zGG on motorways and motorways with two lanes in each direction.
- In case of rain, the overtaking ban also applies on roads with at least four lanes and on all motorways.
- For foreign drivers, the Belgian minimum wage for the transport sector applies.
If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Belgium, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport.
The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985
Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!
With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust.
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Then please do not hesitate to contact us. We know the logistical challenges of our customers and have been optimising their logistics chains for decades. No distance is too far or challenge too great. Are you ready to take your logistics chain to the next level? Then be sure to get in touch with us.