These Terms of Use apply to the ZUIDNATIE website (www.zuidnatie.be). This website was created and is managed by Zuidnatie (Breakbulk) NV and their affiliated companies, with head office located at Antwerpsebaan 1, 2040 Antwerp, Belgium (‘ZUIDNATIE’). By using this website, you agree to understand and accept below terms and conditions.

Intellectual property rights

All texts, drawings, photographs, films, images, data(bases), software, names, trade- and domain names, brands, logos and other elements of this site are protected by copyright and belong to ZUIDNATIE or its licensors. It is prohibited to, without prior written consent, store any information on this website (other than required to view the website) as well as reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, transmit, sell or otherwise transfer or grant any rights to third parties.

Personal Information

ZUIDNATIE does not collect personal information unless it is provided voluntarily. By completing and sending an order form, or sending an e-mail, a visitor gives permission to store his or her personal information in a database for the purpose of automated user profiling, customer management, market research and direct mail. The information provided can be passed on to (contractually) affiliated companies. You have the right to inspect and correct your personal data. You have the right to, free of charge, oppose to the use of your data for direct marketing purposes.

For more information in this regard, please consult our Privacy Policy.


While visiting any website, so-called ‘cookies’ could be placed on the hard drive of your computer. This data could assist to better attune a website to the wishes and preferences of visitors. In this regard, non-personal data could be collected, such as web browser type or an IP address, the operating system you use or domain name of the website from which you came to the website, or through which you leave it. With most Internet Browsers, you can erase cookies from your hard drive, reject cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is installed. Consult the instructions or help function of your web browser for more information.

ZUIDNATIE will not actively collect nor analyze any such date through such cookies.

Unauthorized use of the website

You commit yourself, among other things, to not: Illegally use any information on this website; Use this website in any manner which could cause harm to it, more precisely any manner that could damage, distort, interrupt or stop this website or make it be rendered less efficient; Use (the information stored on) this website for transmission or posting of computer viruses, or for transmission or posting of material of a slanderous, obscene or threatening nature; Use this website in such a manner that could infringe the rights of a natural person, legal person or association, including but not limited to, rights of privacy and intellectual property; The website is not to be used for posting or transmission of material for promotional or publicity purposes without prior permission, except if so requested by the recipient.

Information on the website

The information, software, products and services (“Information”) offered on or through this website may contain imperfections of any kind. ZUIDNATIE does not guarantee the suitability, reliability, timeliness or accuracy of the information. The information is provided and reproduced without any form of guarantee. ZUIDNATIE is not responsible for possible viruses, if these, despite the precautions taken on the site, should occur. ZUIDNATIE expressly reserves the right to change the information on the site at any moment.

Links to other websites

This website may contain hyperlinks to websites of third parties or refer to them in a different way. ZUIDNATIE has no control over the content or other features of these websites and is in no way responsible for the content or features. Placing links does not in any way imply approval of the contents of these websites.

Advice via the website

If given directly or indirectly via the website for personal or business decisions, any advice is given without any guarantee and without any liability on behalf of ZUIDNATIE. You should always consult an expert for additional information regarding the advice tailored to your situation.

Applicable law and competent court

Belgian law applies to this website with the exception of the (referral) rules of Belgian International Private Law. In case of disputes, the courts of Antwerp are competent.


The information contained in any e-mail message from ZUIDNATIE is intended solely for the addressee and may contain confidential and / or privileged information and / or intellectual property rights protected information. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete the message and notify the sender.

You may not use the message, modify, copy or distribute its contents nor disclose it to a third party. The security or accuracy of e-mail messages cannot be guaranteed, since the information can be intercepted, corrupted or destroyed, can get lost, can arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses.

ZUIDNATIE does not accept any liability for loss or damages arising in any way be due to the use of the e-mail medium. Any views or opinions expressed in e-mail messages are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ZUIDNATIE.

Consequently, e-mail messages are not binding unless they contain a contrary express statement of an authorized representative.


If you would have any further questions about the website or about these Terms of Use, please contact info@zuidnatie.be.


All services and activities being performed by either ZUIDNATIE NV, ZUIDNATIE BREAKBULK NV or one of their related companies – such as but not limited to BECOMAR NV, FLATRACO BVBA and ZUIDNATIE TRANSPORT SERVICES NV – as Service Provider for its Principals are subject to and regulated by the respective industry standard (general) conditions & principles incorporated therein.
All rates, tariffs and offers issued for these services & activities refer to the applicable general conditions & contain a copy thereof as attachment.

To give a general insight, the main principles of these conditions are as follows:

All services and activities being performed by logistics service providers, including terminal operators & their related activities operated out of the port of Antwerp, are as a whole covered by the GENERAL LOGISTIC CONDITIONS. Their scope of application covers and/or refers to road transportation (which is in Belgium regulated under the CMR convention as imperative law for both national as well as international transport), freight-forwarding (‘professional organization of transport’) and customs-agency (‘customs clearance administration’), long term storage-warehousing as well as handling of goods & unloading of means of transport (in this latter regard: see also point 2. below as this is more specifically regulated).

It is important for both parties, being the logistics service provider on the one hand and its principal (‘the cargo interested parties’) on the other hand, that clear arrangements are made with regard to their cooperation in view of the cargo and services.
The Logistic Service Provider (‘LSP’) must – among others – timely perform the agreed services as well as inspect the goods upon reception in view of their general state & quantity (‘whether it corresponds to the instruction of the principal’). Same goes for any impact onto cargo during stay at the LSP’s premises.
The Principal will – among others – provide the LSP in due time all information concerning the goods and their handling, of which he knows or is deemed to know the significance to the LSP. Regarding dangerous goods, the Principal is expected to provide or communicate all documents and instructions as indicated in the conventions and prescriptions in this respect such as ADR, ADNR, IDMG, MSDS –files … . The Principal is responsible for the accuracy, correctness, completeness and reliability of the information, data and documents provided by himself or by third parties on his behalf.

The LSP is subject to a fault liability principle, meaning being liable for its (proven) fault resulting into cargo losses and/or damages. The LSP’s liability is limited to 8,33 special drawing rights (‘S.D.R.’) per kilogram of lost or damaged goods with the absolute maximum of 25.000 EUR per event (or series of events having the same cause).

For further details, a copy of the GENERAL LOGISTIC CONDITIONS (in English, French, German and Dutch) can be found at www.zuidnatie.be/e-portal.

For stevedoring, landside and related activities (such as but not limited to the (un)loading of means of transport, handling of cargo, shifting of cargo to/from place of rest) the ABAS KVBG general conditions for the handling of goods and related activities in the port of Antwerp apply. A more detailed description of its scope of application can be found under its article 2.

Cargo interested parties are expected to have their goods adequately packed & protected in view of normal cargo handling – unless it is customary not to pack the goods. It is a requirement to have the cargo be marked by its main characteristics & lifting points/manner indications, as well as to timely forward, in writing, any deviating/specific handling  instructions & liftings plans.

The stevedore is subject to a fault liability principle, meaning being liable for its (proven) faults resulting into cargo losses and/or damages. The liability is limited to 2 EUR per kilogram – for steel products a liability limitation of 1.000 EUR per package will be taken into account – with a general cap of liability of 25.000 EUR per incident (or series of incidents having the same cause).

For further details, a copy of the ABAS KVBG general conditions (In English, French, German and Dutch) can be found at www.zuidnatie.be/e-portal.

Mere Freight Forwarding activities are in principle performed as ‘agent’ under the applicability of the BELGIAN FREIGHT FORWARDERS STANDARD TRADING CONDITIONS. The Freight Forwarder shall act as intermediary between the Customer/Principal and the effective service provider with regard to the services to be performed towards the Principal’s goods/cargo at hand.

The Principal is expected to supply to the Freight Forwarder any useful information including, but not limited to, the nature of the goods, the method of shipment, the place of taking over and delivery, and the required route and procedure, and in particular any information which the Principal may be presumed to have at his disposal as manufacturer, merchant, owner or consignor of the goods, and which may ensure their preservation, shipment, taking over at the place of departure and delivery at the place of destination.

The Freight Forwarder’s liability shall be limited to that for fault, negligence or omission in the performance of the instructions given to him. To the extent that such fault, negligence or omission has caused any direct material damage or financial loss to the Customer or third parties, the Freight Forwarder’s liability shall be limited to € 5 per kilogram gross weight of the goods lost or damaged, with a maximum of € 25,000 per contract.

For further details, a copy of the BELGIAN FREIGHT FORWARDERS STANDARD TRADING CONDITIONS (In English, French, German and Dutch) can be found at www.zuidnatie.be/e-portal.

Notwithstanding which services are being performed and which conditions apply between the LSP and the Principal:

Cargo interested parties are always advised and/or expected to have their goods insured against common risks (‘all risk cargo insurance’) – risks to be borne without any action and/or intervention (thus liability) from the terminal operator – for example theft, flooding, whirlwind, natural disaster, explosion and fire (whatever the cause may be);
For the execution of transport orders for containers within the port area, we reserve the right to freely choose the transport mode, including rail and barging;
Regarding non-standardized attachment of lifting gear (i.e. heavy lift and project cargo), we must always, and no later than 24 hours before start of operations, be in possession of an adequate indication of the lifting points, a lifting plan and/or any further details that contribute to safe cargo handling;
Special attention should be paid to the obligations of the shipper/cargo interested parties regarding adequate packaging of the goods, with indication of correct weights and center of gravity. Among other in view of safe handling and securing of cargo.

ZUIDNATIE remains at disposal of its clientele to discuss or clarify any of the above.