Warehouse 24/7

In the project ‘Warehouse 24/7” VIL aims to develop an overall concept to enable 24/7 deliveries. VIL strives for a better use of the existing private and public infrastructure. At the same time the project aims to provide a solution for the increasing queue times at loading and unloading areas and congestion on the roads.

status: Starting up | theme: Digital transformation | type: Regional

Rescheduling transport from day to night is very topical. Since 2017 many terminals and container depots in the port of Antwerp are accessible during night hours. Also, terminals in the port of Ghent aspire to establish more activity during the night, but night opening hasn’t been a success everywhere. To establish night transport in a structured way, it is necessary to involve  warehouses, production centers, as well as transport companies in the hinterland.


This project will develop an overall concept to make deliveries outside the usual opening hours possible, using technological and infrastructural solutions. The concept will keep in mind, among other things, the safety of the driver, the security of the cargo, the economic feasibility (even for companies with smaller volumes) and other conditions like contractual liability and customs clearance.


  • Providing a solution for the increasing congestion problems
  • Night opening is mainly applicable within large companies. This project aims to look for and find solutions, even for smaller volumes
  • Better use of existing private and public infrastructure
  • Time savings during transportation and the economic impact of the reduction of congestion
  • Reducing peak moments at terminals and loading and unloading areas

Specific activities

  • Mapping out the preconditions by a problem/needs analysis
  • Providing an inventory of possible technological and infrastructural solutions, including the research of the costs and pros and cons of the concepts
  • Studying the best practices
  • Developing an overall concept, including a cost-benefit analysis, taking all conditions into account
  • Working out a proof of concept for minimal one location


Practical details

Start: March 2020
Total lead time: 18 months

Target group

This project targets container and inland terminals, Flemish ports, loading and unloading areas of containers and FTL, transport companies, shipping companies, security companies, logistics real estate developers, site managers and technology and infrastructure developers.

VIL stands for a strong logistical Flanders

About VIL

Koninklijkelaan 76 - B-2600 Berchem
T: +32 3 229 05 00
E: info@vil.be
VAT: BE 0480.185.038
IBAN: BE59 0014 0122 5826

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