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Chemical Logistics at Manuport

Aug 2019
5 minutes
One of Manuport’s specialties is offering chemical freight services. As a chemical logistics company, you can count on us to cover pre-carriages, (re)pack goods and handle sea freight and documentation. Manuport Logistics is an expert in offering smart solutions to meet both local and global needs.


What do we mean by chemicals?


Chemicals is a broad umbrella term, comprising simple substances, chemical compounds and finished chemical products. It includes petrochemicals, fuels, natural raw materials, recycled products, nutrients, and more. They can materialise in a solid state, as a gas or as a fluid. Every product has different specifications that need to be considered. Even more so when the substances are flammable, corrosive, toxic, etc. A specialised chemical logistics company, such as Manuport, will take all of these characteristics into account. For Manuport, chemicals are part of our ‘Industrial Products’ product group.



Manuport as a chemical logistics company


In fact, we at Manuport Logistics are multi-specialists. Our company is subdivided into specialised teams, who each have considerable expertise and a pedigree in their specific commodity or transportation mode. We combine these teams to meet the needs of every client and the requirements of the assignment at hand. The result is certainly larger than the sum of its parts! This approach allows us to be the best in the business in terms of expertise and to take a broad view of the larger logistics landscape. You can count on our skills to enrich your logistics process in every way imaginable!

As a chemical logistics company, we can truly help you every step of the way. These are the chemical freight services we offer:

  • Tender & procurement: We can guide you in establishing the maritime transport budget, preparing supplier meetings, data management, etc.
  • In-house customs: Our offices work with dedicated external and internal licensed customs brokers. We also organise fiscal representation, inspections, etc.
  • Storage & warehousing: In collaboration with our partners, we offer you our advice regarding storage and warehousing facilities. We remain, however, a neutral party.
  • (Re)packing: For chemicals we can (re)pack from bulk to packed goods and from packed goods to bulk. The liquid packing can vary from jerry cans and drums to an IBC, while the containers could be either tank containers or flexitank containers. Our teams are trained in using the correct procedures during (re)packing, which is essential for the preservation of the quality and specific properties of the chemicals.
  • Loading & unloading of vessels: We can organise the loading and unloading of vessels through our sister company Euroports or through other terminal handling companies.
  • Surveys
  • Insurance



We are at home in the world of chemicals


Industrial companies are not specialised in logistics. We are. That is why our chemical freight services perfectly complement your core business. With our headquarters in the Port of Antwerp, one of the leading chemical hubs in the world, we always keep our eyes on the bigger picture for you. We not only think about the what, how, when and where of the whole operation, we also imagine how we can help you on a broader level. Whether you are a producer, a trader or another chemical logistics company: we speak your language!


We can collaborate in different ways: we can either take on parts of your logistics chain or a specific order, or we can take on the entire logistics package from A to Z (tendering, booking, (re)packing, customs, warehousing, distribution, certification, etc.). Whichever option you choose, we always work according to the quality demands of both the product and the client.



What makes chemical freight logistics special?


In chemicals, plenty of certifications and quality labels are in place to guarantee a safe and responsible method of transport. At Manuport we are fully equipped and have the experience to tackle any challenge along the way. The most important certifications in our domain are:

  • AEO
  • ISO
  • Specific SLAs with clients and suppliers.

In addition to the certifications, chemical freight logistics is also differentiated because of the high level of technical specialisation it entails. Luckily, we are on the same page as you.



How does Manuport stand out from other chemical logistics companies?


  • We have a strong presence in the largest chemical hubs in the world: Houston, Antwerp and Singapore.
  • Thanks to our global network, we are also active in emerging hubs, such as Shanghai, Seoul, Durban, Ljubljana, New Orleans, … In addition to that, we also have offices in France (Rouen and La Rochelle), Germany (Hamburg), Spain (Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona), The Netherlands (Rotterdam), Greece (Piraeus), Turkey (Istanbul and Mersin), the United Kingdom (Manchester, London, Liverpool and Aberdeen), Ireland (Dublin), Brazil (Santos, Campinas and São Paulo), the United States of America (Miami), Chile (Santiago de Chile), the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Jebel Ali), Saudi Arabia (Dammam and Jeddah), China (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shenzhen and Xiamen) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi).
  • We are driven by data and use this to your advantage. We are able to follow up on the entire logistics chain from our offices. We provide the best track and trace system in the market, a high level of transparency through our customer portal and have automated several processes to your advantage. This has led to more efficient processes for our clients, which are still customisable and flexible.
  • We have an amazing, well-trained and versatile team that speaks your language, both figuratively and literally. Our team has decades of experience in logistics and chemicals.
  • We are an independent player and distinguish ourselves with our unique approach. We have experience in working with almost all of the chemical logistics companies worldwide and know the market inside out. We have been serving almost every large chemical company in the market. Our market intelligence is a huge plus for every client.

Interested in our chemical services? Contact us!


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