In this news section, you will find all updates on the implementation of Certified Pick up in the container release process.

Training sessions for the use of Certified Pick up


Port of Antwerp-Bruges, the port community and NxtPort have agreed that by January 15, 2024, the entire import container process will be done in Certified Pick up. This means that all parties involved will have to work in the platform by then and the transport operator will no longer be able to pick up a container using a PIN code but only based on his identity. 


For this to go smoothly, it is best to prepare well and familiarize yourself with the platform. On this website you will find instructional videos and manuals according to your role in the process: shipping agent, terminal operator, release party and transport operator


In addition, as a release party or transport operator you can also attend a training course. In these video's you will get more explanation about the platform and a demo.

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With our training sessions you are prepared for the use of Certified Pick up within your organization.

Mandatory container pick up based on identity


Port of Antwerp Bruges, the port community and NxtPort have agreed that from 15 January 2024, all transport operators will be required to pick up containers based on Certified Pick up.  

When Certified Pick up will be operational at all terminals and for all modes of transport in January, pin codes for picking up a container will be completely eliminated. This means that the import process for a container at all Antwerp container terminals will be done entirely through Certified Pick up.


In the coming months, we will make Certified Pick up available for barge and rail at the terminals. Afterwards, pilot projects will start at each terminal, and the link with Secure Container Release will also be complete for the shipping companies involved. 

Certified pick up will go live in January 2024.

New website


Starting today, you can visit Certified Pick up's new website. The website, which is completely self-contained, compiles all the information about the platform. You'll also find helpful instructional videos explaining how to use the platform! 

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On the new website of Certified Pick up, you will find all the information about the platform.

Helpful manuals

In addition to a general page on the what, why and how of Certified Pick up, you will find information for each user group on what you can do with the platform. Separate manuals are provided for each target group. You can consult these in extensive text, or through simple videos that explain how to work with the platform from your role.

On the website you will find a handy FAQ, with clear answers to the most frequently asked questions. Moreover, we keep adding relevant content to the website. In this way, the website provides optimal guidance on how to use Certified Pick up.

A clear customs light


At the request of the port community, Certified Pick up now includes a customs clearance light. This ensures, using different statuses, that the user gets a better view of the customs status of the container.


Over the past year, tremendous efforts have been made to integrate a working customs light into the platform. Customs was convinced to expand the original scope of the CCRM project. CCRM, or Customs Container Release Management, makes the control of imports and exports within the EU more efficient and secure. NxtPort developed the additional logic to integrate that information into a unified customs light in Certified Pick up. 

A clear customs light informs users about the customs status of the container.

Different statuses

The customs light appears in the release right and provides additional transparency using different statuses.  


The container has been cleared. A complete follow-up declaration has been submitted. The container may leave the terminal. 


With an orange light, different statuses are possible:  
You can collect the container but here there is a follow-up action pending

  • The container must present itself for scanning
  • The container falls under FASFC regulation
  • The container arrives at the terminal via port equalization
  • The container arrives at the terminal and is destined for transshipment


If the container is under documentary control, or has been partially or not cleared, the light is given a red status. You cannot then collect the container.


At a later stage, terminals will only release containers that are customs cleared to leave the terminal. That is, the customs light is on green or orange.

Uniform operating procedure


Different partners in the supply chain have a different process for importing a container. Standardisation is required in order to achieve an optimum digital process.


We have identified these different import processes and found ourselves able to establish a uniform operating procedure. This was necessary in order to digitalise the process and make it more efficient. These processes will soon be available as manuals and guidelines by user role.

Standardisation of the importing process of containers is needed to achieve an optimum digital process.

Who is on board?


Certified Pick up currently operates for collection by truck at PSA's terminals (K 869 and 913). DP World Antwerp Gateway and MPET will follow shortly. Just about all the shipping companies are connected. A total of about 2,000 companies have already been registered. In the next phase, we will also implement this for inland navigation and rail.

Certified Pick up ensures that you can pick up containers from the terminals at the Antwerp port platform based on identity instead of using PIN codes.

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Certified Pick up ensures that you can pick up containers from the terminals at the Antwerp port platform based on identity instead of using PIN codes.

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