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Luc Arnouts

Director International Relations, Antwerp Port Authority, Belgium

Modal and mental shift in the Port of Antwerp

Traffic jams around the city of Antwerp have become daily reality. What is the effect on the Port of Antwerp with its cargo throughput of 225 mio tons per annum? How can the Port of Antwerp still be reached in a flexible way? How can we get the massive cargo flows smoothly to the European hinterland now and in the future? To improve the congestion of road transport, the biggest construction works in Europe have started some weeks ago. On top of that a modal shift is needed both on cargo transport as on passenger transport. During this presentation the modal shift of trucks to rail and barge will be explained, as well as the modal shift from “car solists” to bicycle and public transport. Modal and mental shift in the Port of Antwerp.


Mr. Luc Arnouts was born on November 26th 1962 and lives close to Antwerp, Belgium. He is married and has three children.
He obtained a Master in Law at the University of Antwerp and a Master in General Management at the University of Ghent. He has been active in the port and logistics sector ever since.
He started his career and gained operational experience in stevedoring, warehousing and ocean freight forwarding at the logistics company Group Katoennatie from 1986 until 1992.
In 1992, he moved to SGS-Group Belgium where he officiated as General Manager of SGS-Van Bree. He was Member of the Central Management Committee and the Strategic Committee. He was in charge of the logistics and port handling business of SGS in Belgiu.
Aviapartner, European leading airporthandling company became his new employer in 2000, where he held the position of VP Cargo Handling Europe and was Member of the Central Board.
In 2007, he joined the Antwerp Port Authority as Chief Commercial Officer. Since mid 2017 he holds the function of Director International Relations and Networks.