The discovery came as British police investigate the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found a week ago in another refrigerated truck parked east of London
Twelve men have been discovered hiding inside a refrigerated lorry in a car park near a motorway in Belgium’s Antwerp province, local police say.
Police were called to the scene on Tuesday night by the driver who suspected that people had climbed inside his fruit and vegetable lorry.
Eleven Syrians and one Sudanese man were found safe and well and were handed over to immigration officials.
The Belgium human cargo was discovered on Tuesday on a road linking the city of Antwerp to the capital, Brussels, the police spokeswoman told the AFP news agency.
All 12 were “in good health”, she said.
Police have launched an investigation, seeking to determine how the 12 people got on board and whether they were seeking to get to the United Kingdom.
Last weekend, Belgian authorities said they had found two more trucks carrying 20 people, all alive.
Last week, 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in England.
The driver of the vehicle, which had arrived in England via the Belgian ferry port of Zeebrugge, has been charged with their manslaughter.
It is believed that those who died were migrants from Vietnam or China trying to enter the UK illegally. It is not yet clear how they died, whether they froze or suffocated.
Refrigerated lorries are often targeted because it is easier to bypass heat scanners that way, a spokeswoman for Belgian transport federation Febetra said.