Official opening of bpost New Brussels X sorting centre

Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander de Croo and the Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close officially opened the new bpost sorting centre in Neder-Over-Heembeek late last week.

The sorting centre is the biggest in the Benelux region and the second biggest in the EU, with more than 80,000 square metres of floor space. The New Brussels X sorting centre, as it is called, will handle all parcels for the whole of the country as well as Brussels and Flemish Brabant.

While the bpost sorting centre was officially opened late last week, it had been run up to full operations already. Amongst other features it includes a new high-tech parcel sorting machine that doubles sorting capacity at bpost to some 300,000 parcels a day.

Koen Van Gerven, CEO of bpost, commented: “This building is a major achievement for bpost, proportional to our big ambitions. This sorting center is our response to the express train on which e-commerce is arriving in our daily lives and how this has an irreversible impact on the postal industry. The number of parcels we handle continues to increase month on month, so we needed to adapt our infrastructure and processes in an innovative way to be able to continue to guarantee customers high quality and flexibility.”

 
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