Port of Antwerp-Bruges is taking the next step in developing a virtually secure port: 'Certified Pick up' (CPu). This new way of working guarantees a secure, transparent and efficient release process for incoming containers, which will then leave the port by rail, inland navigation or truck.

Certified Pick up is a digital, safe and integrated solution for the release of containers, and replaces the current PIN code system.

Certified Pick up is used to release a container at the Antwerp container terminals. This system is being rolled out terminal by terminal. All shipping companies must grant a right of release to their customers.


As such, register your business for Certified Pick up as soon as possible.

Register your business


For the latest developments, you can visit the NxtPort website directly.



  • FAQ page: an overview of frequently asked questions about Certified Pick up. Read the FAQ.


  • Documentation: NxtPort, a subsidiary of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, has put together a welcome pack with further details and technical instructions for connecting to the Certified Pick up platform. Read the documentation.

More secure process

To pick up a container at a terminal in the port, you currently need a unique PIN code. There is considerable time between the shipping company being informed of the PIN code and the driver actually entering this PIN code on the terminal. The PIN code is also passed between different parties, which increases the risk of misuse.

To make this process more secure and efficient, a new process for the release of containers, referred to as “Certified Pick up”, came into force on 1 January 2021.
Certified Pick up is a neutral, central data platform in which all stakeholders involved in the container import process are connected.

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How does Certified Pick up work?

The Certified Pick up platform receives and processes container information. Based on this information, it generates a certified pick up based on identity, which the final carrier uses to pick up the container. This certified pick up is only created when the final carrier is known. The time between the creation of this right and the collection of the container is therefore minimal.


It will also be possible to trace which parties were involved in the collection of the container. This allows the competent authorities to access the data exchanged and generated in Certified Pick up within the boundaries of their legal powers.



The implementation of Certified Pick up has progressed in phases, since 1 January 2021.


  1. In the first phase the Certified Pick up platform ensures transparency regarding the container status, aimed at increasing the operational efficiency for every player in the chain.
  2. In the second phase, the various chain partners switch over to the new processing method, namely collection based on identity.

More secure and more efficient

Certified Pick up also offers operational benefits for all logistics partners in the port chain.
Administrative processes are simplified, employees work more securely and the turnaround time of import containers in the port is reduced. The competent authorities also work more efficiently and in a more targeted manner with Certified Pick up.

As a port, we are taking social responsibility with this initiative. I am delighted that the port community is getting on board to further secure the logistics chain.

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Mandatory use

The use of Certified Pick up is mandatory for all chain partners involved in the release process for containers in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, since January 2021. All containers that physically leave an Antwerp port terminal via truck, rail or barge are covered by the obligation.
The legal framework is included in the Port Police Regulations. Port of Antwerp-Bruges has opted for a phased approach to guarantee the stable expansion of the system.

Rates and billing

Here you can see the contribution per container for the various parties using Certified Pick up, as well as the fees associated with connecting to the platform.

Would you like to know more about Certified Pick up?

Consult the following resources for additional information on the Certified Pick up platform:

Documents on Certified Pick up:


  • Port Police Regulation: the relevant provisions on Certified Pick up from the Port Police Regulation (PPR).
  • Port Regulation Certified Pick up: the port regulation that regulates the provision of Certified Pick up to port users by an authorised service provider.
  • Note on continuity: a document containing the measures taken by Port of Antwerp-Bruges to ensure the continuity of the Certified Pick up platform. Consult the note.

Stay up to date on Certified Pick up

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Certified Pick up - Getting started

This page provides a brief overview of how to connect to Certified Pick up, the new system for secure, integrated, digital release of containers in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. For more information you can consult the documentation of NxtPort.

Step 1: Get access to the Certified Pick up application
  • If you do not already have an account on C-point, create a new account and request access to Certified Pick up by following the steps in the NxtPort manual.
  • If you do already have an account on C-point, log in and request access to the Certified Pick up application, as explained in this section of the manual.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when your application is approved. You can now proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Log in to the NxtPort console to complete your registration
  • Log in to the NxtPort console as shown here, accept the Terms and Conditions, and enter your billing and contact information to complete your account setup.
Step 3: Getting started with Certified Pick up

Forwarders, BCOs and transport companies can implement the Certified Pick up process into their organisations in two ways:

Shipping agentsin Phase I (from 1 January 2021):

  • Continue to send release messages to the terminal, including the pin code
  • Send a copy of the release information to NxtPort via:

Terminals in Phase I (from 1 January 2021):

  • Send Terminal Events ('discharge' and 'gate-out') to the NxtPort platform. This can be done via Edifact messages (COARRI & CODECO) or via API call.
  • Supply NxtPort with the Terminal Blocks via:
    • API call (preferred) or
    • the NxtPort user interface, which you can access by logging into your C-point dashboard after completing the above-mentioned steps.

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