And suddenly you think: logistics might be fun!

Would you like to work in an international environment? Are you an organisational prodigy or someone who knows how to get things done? Does communicating with people all over the world really appeal to you? Do you like variety...?

Then the international trade, transport and logistics sector might be right up your street!

The logistics chain only runs smoothly if it is managed by the right people – by people who know how to get things done. In the logistics sector, companies always keep an eye out for new talented professionals.


Do you like:

  1. Communicating with people all over the world from different cultures?Gérer des missions de transport de A à Z dans plusieurs langues ?

  2. Organising transport projects from A to Z in different languages?

  3. Looking for creative solutions?

  4. Helping to find solutions to the challenges of tomorrow?

  5. Working as part of a team?

Then you might be the chink in the chain that the international trade sector is looking for. The sector offers a wide range of career opportunities and roles, including positions for which there has been a shortage of applicants for quite some time.

Are you looking for training courses? Here you will find an overview of the courses that are available for free.


Introducing the international trade sector

The logistics sector comprises almost 50,000 employees working at approximately 3,560 companies. These companies are responsible for coordinating international trade all over the world. Upon the client’s request, they provide a 'full option' service; checking, transporting, loading & unloading, packaging, and storing until the final delivery of goods.

In short, these companies are part of the global logistics chain and can be found in seaports and airports, logistics and transport zones, railway hubs, inland ports, on industrial estates and in the middle of cities. They are located all over the country, but especially in the provinces of Antwerp and Flemish Brabant.

Overview of activities – The 6 clusters:

  1. Shipping (organising and monitoring freight transport)

  2. Customs activities

  3. Transport (rail, road, air, sea, inland waterway, pipelines + combinations)

  4. Transshipment, storage, control, handling and processing (seaports and airports)

  5. Logistics (warehouses and distribution centres) – value added logistics & value added services

  6. Support activities (provisioning, classification and inspection, monitoring of goods, etc.)

Roles in the sector

In a sector with so many different activities, you will also find many exciting jobs. Jobs which involve a variety of tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Shipping agent

  2. Customs clerk

  3. Dispatcher (road and rail freight)

  4. Terminal dispatcher

  5. Load controller 

  6. Ship's agent

  7. Customer service employee

  8. Logistics manager

There are also a number of transversal roles for which there is currently a shortage of applicants within the sector, such as IT managers, accountants, team leaders, account managers, and HR managers.

Skills you’ll need to get started

  1. Language skills (Dutch, French, English and/or German). Each additional language is a plus!

  2. ICT and numeracy skills

  3. Good communication skills

  4. Strong organisational skills; able to plan well

  5. Empathy for different personalities and cultures

  6. Solution-oriented thinking and proactive attitude

  7. Able to cope with stress, flexible in an international environment with different time zones

  8. Know just what to do = able to take the initiative = not afraid to take responsibility

  9. Punctuality and accuracy

  10. Eager to learn and a curious mind

  11. Open to change

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General employment conditions in the international trade sector:


Sector agreement

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Broader outlook on international trade



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