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Port of Antwerp woos Indian EXIM trade at Hyderabad meet

The Port of Antwerp along with senior Belgian Government authorities organized two engagements, a seminar and an interactive discussion in Hyderabad on the 10thand 11th of August respectively to showcase port’s state-of-the-art facilities to Export Import(EXIM) community in India. The seminar organized on the 10th of August at Hyderabad’s Park Hyatt hotel presented the Port as a preferred gateway for Indian exporters and forwarders to Europe. Mr. Luc Arnouts - International Networking Director of Antwerp Port Authority outlined the benefits of the Port as a leading break bulk port and a preferred gateway for distribution with in Europe.

 Ms. Babette Desfossez - Customs Attaché of Belgium shared insights about Customs procedures at Antwerp Port. The Antwerp delegation was led by H.E. Jan Luykx - Belgium Ambassador to India. The delegation from Antwerp received an overwhelming response with over seventy participating organizations engaged in maritime trade across varied industries of infrastructure projects, steel, public transport and pharmaceuticals.

 On the 11th of August, a first of its kind interactive discussion was organized for the Indian pharmaceutical industry in collaboration with Pharmexcil. The session was well attended by leading pharmaceutical companies such as Aurobindo Pharma, Natco Pharma, Suven Life Sciences and Granules India, amongst others.

 Topics ranging from the growing importance of ocean freight in transportation of pharmaceutical goods, supply chain challenges in India and expectations from the Port of Antwerp as a key player in the supply chain of Indian pharmaceutical companies were discussed. Antwerp’s interest to evolve as a high quality logistics player through service providers drew specific attention.  

 The participants were interested to learn more about the various types of value added logistics services that could be availed at the Port after Mr. Arnouts gave an example of using sophisticated machinery to put tablets in blisters to streamline packaging. A key take away was to explore outsourcing of noncore logistics activities to the expert players in Antwerp.


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