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Redevelopment of the central cargo zone of Brussels Airport

One year after the start of the redevelopment of Brucargo Central, an 83,500 m² area located in the heart of the Brussels Airport cargo zone, the five users of the future warehouses and offices combining modernisation, innovation and sustainability are now known.

Nippon Express, Deny Cargo, Hazgo, EV Cargo and DSV, partners already active at Brussels Airport but wishing to expand their activities even further, will be moving into the new buildings by 2025.

The redevelopment in the heart of Brussels Airport’s cargo zone, named ‘Brucargo Central’, was launched a little over a year ago.

After the demolition of the old buildings, mostly unoccupied for several years and the work on the layout of the roads and construction, the first piles were laid, officially marking the start of construction.

70 million euros in total will be invested in the second line redevelopment of this 83,500 m² area located in the very heart of cargo activities.

Modernisation, innovation and sustainability will be the key elements of these new buildings.

In concrete terms, three new state-of-the-art warehouses with a consolidated warehouse area of 34,200 m² with adjacent offices, as well as a staff car park, will be built by 2025.

The project will be realised in line with the sustainable development strategy of Brussels Airport aiming for Net Zero Carbon, with a BREEAM-Excellent certification, optimising the use of the area with a 30% increase in storage capacity and a 20% increase of green zones.

The redevelopment also creates more space and efficiency for pedestrians and bicycles, as well as a pleasant working environment. In addition, an electric charging infrastructure for vehicles will be installed.

The five future users of these new buildings at Brucargo Central are now known.

“I am very pleased to have reached this important milestone in the redevelopment of Brucargo Central with the placement of the first piles and the announcement of the names of the five users’, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

‘The redevelopment of Brucargo Central started about a year ago. By redeveloping this important area, Brussels Airport is creating additional real estate capacity in terms of freight and logistics to meet market demand and further optimise the zone.

“We are delighted that DSV, Deny Cargo, Hazgo, EV Cargo and Nippon Express will occupy these future buildings. These are partners, some of whom long-standing partners, of Brussels Airport who wish to further grow their activities and above all benefit from a state-of-the-art infrastructure.”

Nippon Express is a prominent global logistics company and has long been recognized as a crucial link on the trade lanes between the European Union and Japan.

With its extensive range of worldwide logistics services spanning multiple industries, the company has established a strong presence in Brucargo over the years.

The move to Brucargo Central signifies Nippon Express’s intent to further bolster its commitment to growth, focus on the healthcare segment and actively contribute to Brucargo’s healthcare ecosystem.

The company embraces sustainability by fully integrating the improved environmental features of the 10,000 m² building into its own environmental strategy.

Hazgo Is a is a key player in handling dangerous goods and healthcare products. As an impartial service provider, the company is an essential part of Brucargo’s ecosystem, with unparalleled know-how of pharmaceutical packaging and dry ice solutions.

The move to their new 2,000 m² facility prepares the company for future growth. It will reduce its carbon footprint and provide an even better service for companies who need specialized expertise in handling dangerous goods, including pharma & life sciences.

Deny Cargo will also soon occupy part of these new buildings. Deny Cargo is a renowned private owned freight forwarding company that has been present in the cargo zone since the mid-80’s and has therefore been one of the pioneers at Brussels Airport.

Deny Cargo’s commitment to specific focus segments such as amongst others perishable goods, live animals and hazardous materials fits perfectly into Brussels Airport’s strategy.

These new facilities will allow Deny Cargo to increase its warehousing area to 2,500 m² (including dgr and cool storage area) and to continue to accommodate and grow its activities from Brucargo.

EV Cargo, who acquired Fast Forward Freight in 2022, is a leading logistics company operating worldwide. With a strong presence in several airports, including Brussels Airport, EV Cargo specialises in providing comprehensive freight forwarding services and complete supply chain solutions.

It has exploited a niche market by providing services for inflight materials, aircraft spare parts, etc. In addition, thanks to its global presence, it also benefits from global contracts to attract business to Brussels.

EV Cargo has been active at Brussels Airport for many years and the move to Brucargo Central confirms its solid growth plans.

DSV, one of the global logistics leaders has been expanding their operations at Brucargo over the last couple of years.

With a global presence and extensive experience in the air and sea industry, DSV Air & Sea Belgium offers a full range of air cargo services including transport, customs clearance and warehousing out of their Brucargo location.

In the industry verticals handled by DSV Air & Sea Belgium a clear focus is set on the developments of Healthcare solutions, general cargo and specialized perishables transport.

At the same time DSV is supported by a global network on all tradelanes and multiple verticals. Therefore DSV Air & Sea Belgium has decided to invest in the future and strengthen their presence at Brucargo West, moving into a 12,000m² ‘state of the art building’.

The presence of DSV Air & Sea at Brussels Airport is important because of the traffic and volumes they generate from their local and global network.

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