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Certified Pick up: an innovative solution for releasing containers in the port of Antwerp-Bruges

Port of Antwerp-Bruges is taking the next step in the development of a digital secured port: 'Certified Pick up (CPu)'. This new way of working will guarantee a secure, transparent and optimized release process for incoming containers.

To pick up a container at a terminal in the port of Antwerp-Bruges, a unique PIN code is needed. The time between providing the PIN code by the shipping company and the driver entering this code at the terminal is considerable. Moreover, the PIN code is seen by various parties, which increases the risk of abuse. To make this process more secure and efficient, a new process for the release of containers has come into force: CPu.

CPu is a neutral, central data platform which connects all stakeholders involved in the container import process.

How it works

The CPu platform receives and processes container information. Based on this, it generates a digital release right and an authorized digital pick-up right, with which the container can be picked up. The release right is generated by the shipping line, based on commercial release information and can be passed on from one company to the next. The digital pick-up right is only created when the final carrier of the container is known. The time between the creation of the right and the collection of the container is therefore minimal.

It will also be possible to trace which parties were involved in the collection of the container. This allows the competent law enforcement authorities to access the data exchanged and generated in CPu within the boundaries of their legal powers.

More detail on how the process works can be found in the video below:

Obligatory use

CPu has become obligatory for all supply chain partners involved in the container release process; with the legal framework being included in the Port Police Regulations.

The relevant provisions on CPu in the Port Police Regulation can be found on this website .

The following commodities are subject to the obligation:

  • Every loaded container and every empty shipper owned container that is brought by seagoing vessel to a terminal in the port of Antwerp and will subsequently leave this terminal by barge, truck, train or any other means of transport other than a seagoing vessel;

  • Each loaded container and each empty shipper owned container, which is unloaded by a seagoing vessel in another seaport, is transported to a terminal in the Port of Antwerp under an Antwerp Bill of Lading or under the control of the Organizer of Sea Transport and will then leave this terminal by barge, truck, train or any other means of transport other than a seagoing vessel;

  • Any loaded container that is brought by seagoing vessel to a terminal in the Port and then unloaded at this terminal.

Connection with CPu

CPu has operational benefits for all logistics partners in the import chain: it simplifies administrative processes, allows employees to work more securely and reduces the turnaround time of import containers in the port. The competent authorities will also be able to operate more efficiently and effectively thanks to CPu.

The responsibilities in the logistic flow remain with the parties using CPu. To understand the responsibilities of each party in the flow, please refer to the Terms and Conditions where they are described in detail.

In order to make use of this new process your company will have to connect with CPu. There are two ways to make the connection based on the role of the company and your preferences:

  1. If you handle larger amounts of containers and/or you wish to integrate the CPu functionality into your existing software, the API integration is the way to go

  2. The User Interface (UI) is well suited for companies who need to handle a small amount of containers, all steps need to be manually done by the user

How to use CPu?


  1. Your company needs a valid registration on the C-point platform and a subscription to Certified Pick up. See How to register for Certified Pick up? for an overview of the steps.

  2. You need a personal user account linked to your company’s registration on C-point. The use of shared or group accounts (e.g. or ) is strongly discouraged due to security and auditing concerns. Contact your company admin (see How to find out who your C-point company admin is? ), they are able to add you as a user. If you are the admin yourself, check out the C-point admin user manual section 4.1 on how to add your co-workers.

How to proceed?

If your company has chosen to integrate the CPu functionality into your existing software (using the API integration), you will receive instructions from your software vendor as to how they have implemented it. NxtPort doesn’t know how other companies decided to integrate the CPu features, so our Support Team cannot assist with matters concerning third party software.

If your company uses the web application (User Interface) provided by NxtPort, check out the information page of your own role for the manuals:

Ocean carrier agents

CPu for Shipping Agents

Forwarders, Consignees, Beneficial Cargo Owners

CPu for Release Parties

Companies which operate truck/barge/rail services to pick up containers, inland terminal operators

CPu for Transport Operators

Deep sea terminal operators

CPu for Terminal Operators

See also

Frequently Asked Questions

How-to articles

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