International Car Operators (ICO) Belgium, is one of Europe’s most important stevedoring companies for roll-on roll-off cargo, offering vessel and terminal handling services, vehicle processing centres, port agency, customs clearance and forwarding. ICO is a subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), one of the world's leading transportation companies. In 2011, ICO handled a total volume of 1.3 million cars and high and heavy units at its specialised roll-on roll-off terminals in Zeebrugge and Antwerp.
The Vrasene Terminal (quay 1241) in Antwerp covers 125 hectares and can store 48.000 units. It is the European home base for the import of almost all Korean and some Japanese automotive brands. It is also used extensively by European carmakers, and by exporters and importers of second hand vehicles and high and heavy cargo.
In the inner port of Zeebrugge, 2 terminals are at the automotive industry’s disposal: the Northern Inlet Terminal (59 hectares)and ICO’s newest Bastenaken Terminal (69 hectares). Zeebrugge is the main European hub (for new factory cars) where deepsea meets shortsea. It is also a main gateway for many car trades transiting Europe.
Added Value Services
The state-of-the-art VPC facilities, available at each compound, offer our clients a diverse range of extra services towards our clients. All centres are equipped with highly sophisticated technological installations.
The department Agency & Logistics offers a one-stop-shopping and tailor-made solution for whatever needs clients have in logistic and maritime services.
As a logistics provider, A&L offers a range of services including customs clearance, forwarding for import and export goods, inland delivery for all types of cargo and administrative services for car carriers and manufacturers. A&L’s main activities involve the import and export of goods between Europe and all overseas regions.