The port of Antwerp creates a lot of direct and indirect jobs: 61,000 jobs within the port and 82,000 jobs outside of the port area. As such, it accounts for 6.1% of Flemish employment. This means that 3.6% of the working population in Belgium owes its livelihood to the port.
According to a recent study by the Belgian National Bank (2015), Antwerp’s port generates a total economic value added of just under 19 billion euros, or 4.8% of Belgium’s GDP and 8.3% of Flanders’ GDP. Here you can find more figures about the port’s economic impact.
The municipalities in and around the port also benefit financially. Researchers estimate that the City of Antwerp and all the municipalities around the port, such as Zwijndrecht and Beveren, receive 49 million euros of combined tax revenue.
To maintain its position as a world port, Antwerp needs sufficient space for container traffic. So this capacity must be increased. Nonetheless we must also take sustainability into account.