The port of Ghent is strategically located as a hub for production and distribution of all kinds of goods and products, both for imports and for exports. Moreover, Ghent is a transhipment port between seagoing and inland navigation. The port lies at the crossroads of European motorways and is linked with the whole of Europe by rail.
This makes port of Ghent a multimodal port, the gateway to Europe.
Short sea shipping
Ghent port has the disposal of a European network of regular lines. This network connects the port with the Mediterranean, Great Britain, Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Russia. It concerns both ro/ro and container lines.
An extensive network of inland waters, of which also the circular canal around Ghent forms part, links Ghent via rivers and canals with the North of France (Paris via Seine-North connection) and with the European inland navigation network of the Rhine-Main-Danube waterways. This makes Ghent port a strategic transhipment hub between seagoing and inland navigation for any type of goods.
The centrally located marshalling yard of Ghent-Seaport is the turntable for railway transport between the entire port area and all destinations in Europe and farther on. The larger part of the quays is fitted with railway tracks. In all, there are 250 kilometres of rail in the port.
The R4 ring road around the port area forms the connection with the crossing of the three major European motorways E40, E17 and E34.
Ghent port connects with the European network of petroleum pipelines.