Inland water transport ("Waterborne transport")

Inland water transport in the third quarter of 2021

Inland water transport in the third quarter of 2021

In the third quarter of 2021, inland waterway vessels have transported 41.6 million tonnes of goods on Belgian inland waterways. This is a decrease of 1.4% compared to the previous quarter, but an increase of 8.8% compared to the third quarter of 2020. The container transport by inland waterway vessels amounted to 5.8 million tonnes, i.e. a decrease of 2.2% compared to the previous quarter, but an increase of 7.4% on an annual basis.

These figures relate to the inland navigation of all ships on Belgian inland waterways, including those from abroad.


Quarter Transported weight Tonne-km Transported weight per container
2018/Q1 39,348,692 2,052,342,115 5,741,358
2018/Q2 40,619,511 2,103,234,667 5,678,761
2018/Q3 35,978,379 1,874,090,340 5,070,671
2018/Q4 36,025,810 1,956,109,160 4,451,900
2019/Q1 38,026,266 1,941,049,596 5,215,364
2019/Q2 39,983,550 1,979,761,704 5,461,290
2019/Q3 38,371,338 1,910,982,385 5,365,233
2019/Q4 39,314,170 1,934,711,151 5,334,016
2020/Q1 39,684,955 1,795,401,808 5,321,651
2020/Q2 38,669,948 1,806,398,556 4,951,470
2020/Q3 38,253,924 1,814,393,276 5,362,097
2020/Q4 39,522,447 1,971,835,077 5,663,688
2021/Q1 39,111,167 1,961,175,897 5,547,540
2021/Q2 42,203,807 2,146,359,164 5,886,695
2021/Q3 41,612,502 2,034,123,285 5,756,399
Source (mention obligatoire) : Statbel (Direction générale Statistique - Statistics Belgium)
*TEU:Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit.

Purpose and brief description

Inland water transport according to the period, the origin, the destination, the nature of the goods and the nature of the ship. Evolution of the Belgian inland waterway fleet (number, capacity, age, etc. of ships). Evolution of the Belgian inland waterway network.


Transport of goods by inland waterway vessels between two ports of a national territory irrespective of the nationality of the vessel.



Release calendar

Availability of the results: 5 months after the reference period.


In 2007, this method was adapted to a new Eurostat regulation concerning the goods classification. Therefore, the figures for 2007 and after can no longer be compared with the previous years.

Legal reference

Commission Regulation (EC) No 425/2007 of 19 April 2007 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1365/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistics of goods transport by inland waterways.