shaping the future of breakbulk

AntwerpXL will be held on the 7-9 December 2021 in Antwerp, Belgium

Hosted at the heart of the European breakbulk market, AntwerpXL provides a platform for the breakbulk industry that delivers valuable connections and unforgettable experiences for visitors and exhibitors alike.

Following an incredible first edition, AntwerpXL returns in 2021 to bring the breakbulk community together again to showcase innovative technology, overcome industry challenges and connect.

AntwerpXL is moving to December

The award-winning breakbulk and heavy lift event, has been postponed from March 2021 to 7 – 9 December 2021 in a decision made in consultation with the community due the continuing circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
Read the press release

What's new?

You spoke, and we listened, for 2021 the show takes on an updated look and feel, with a range of new features such as the XL Portal and XL Trends. Below you will find all the features we offer to keep you up-to-date on all things breakbulk!

XL portal

A series of FREE webinars offering insight and best practice, with the aim to help keep the world moving


Cutting-edge solutions and insights on important topics and trends within the breakbulk industry

XL 40 under 40

Recognising those with potential to become industry leaders in the future and those who have achieved greatness already


Delivered by leading experts, the programme will explore key issues facing the breakbulk market, and how visitors can overcome them


1-2-1 networking that will help you connect with a global breakbulk audience, and forge lasting new relationships

better for breakbulk

Dedicated to breakbulk, heavy lift, roro & project cargo

Hosted at the heart of the European breakbulk market, AntwerpXL provides a platform for the breakbulk industry that delivers valuable connections and unforgettable experiences for visitors and exhibitors alike. Are you in?

get involved

AntwerpXL is the only dedicated maritime breakbulk event in the European hub of the industry and is the perfect platform that helps your business on a day-to-day basis.


Can you afford to miss out?

  • Network – catch up with current & meet new industry peers with our range of networking opportunities
  • Learn & experience – join conference experts providing analysis on topics that are important to the industry
  • Talk to experts – interact with industry-leading speakers during the event
  • Meet the leading players – join leading breakbulk professionals such as cargo owners and freight forwarders & connect using our XL Connect.
  • Safety & security – the event you know and love but now with the health and safety protocols that have been defined in partnership with SGS


Maximise your return on investment.

  • Gain exposure – be seen by industry professionals by using sponsorship options & stand presence to assist with driving sales
  • Personalised marketing – there are a number of marketing tools included to help you promote your presence
  • Raise company profile – raise awareness, create a presence and position your brand as a key industry player and drive attendees to your stand
  • Global brand networking – key industry professionals will come together all under one roof
  • Capture leads – collect details about visitors to your stand by scanning their badge with your smartphone or tablet, follow up and don’t miss any sales leads!

port of antwerp

hOST sponsor

Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 238 million tonnes of international maritime freight and is home to Europe’s largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value. 

The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge to join forces

The City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges have reached an agreement to merge their respective ports. The two-city agreement marks the start of a unification process that is expected to take a year to finalise. Once completed, the ports will operate under the name ‘Port of Antwerp-Bruges’. As a result of the merger, the ports will be able to strengthen their position within the global supply chain and continue their course towards sustainable growth. Furthermore, the unified port will be more resilient to the challenges of the future and will take a lead in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. The ambition is for Port of Antwerp-Bruges to become the world's first port to reconcile economy, people and climate.
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