Why Venlo is the Top European Logistics Hub

Logistics hotspot Netherlands

For the sixth time, the area of Venlo and Venray, which makes up for the largest part of the EU Logistics Hub, again was declared as being the best logistics hotspot in the Netherlands. Within the framework of the ninth logistics hotspot election, organized by Logistics Magazine and logistiek.nl, a panel of 28 experts evaluated the different candidates under 6 criteria. This year, Venlo scored highest for five of these:

  • staff presence
  • accessibility
  • availability of land
  • motivation of staff
  • and finally the role of the municipality and the region in stimulating logistics activities

The sixth criteria – availability of infrastructure – was only outreached by Brabant (Moerdijk, Breda, Roosendaal and Oosterhout).
Venlo councilor Stephan Satijn (economy and knowledge infrastructure) reacts delighted, but still keeps his focus on upcoming developments „For the region Venlo-Venray, besides our usual ‘hard’ infrastructure activities, future efforts will be put into building a knowledge infrastructure. With the current plannings for the Greenport Venlo Campus, the region should expand its position from a successfull logistics hotspot to a succesful logistics knowledge hotspot.”

In order to find out more about Dutch logistics hotspots, you can download a poster for free here.

Top European Logistics Hub

But that’s not all the good news for Venlo. Just recently, Colliers International released their whitepaper about the top European logistics hubs. The factors considered in this market analysis were categorized in six different groups: Infrastructure & Accessibility, Market Access, Operational Base Costs, Labour Market Capacity, Logistics Competence, and Business Environment.

Based on these criteria, Venlo reached the 6th place in the overal ranking. The most promising finding for Venlo was its good standing in concerns of cost-market access ratio. Further cities offering a particularly good compromise between cost and market access were Lille, Liege, Prague, Bratislava, Upper Silesia (Katowice) and Poznan. The latter ones are not too surprising in this context, as cost effectiveness here is a major advantage.
In general, from the study can be concluded that when it comes to finding a location that meets both distribution and manufacturing requirements, decision makers should always try to take the Netherlands and Belgium into account. Furthermore, the market analysis revealed some interesting developments, for example

  • from a distribution perspective, Western Europe’s dominance will be increasingly challenged by some CEE hubs, such as Prague or Bratislava, as the centre of Europe gradually shifts to the east
  • strategically located hubs in Turkey and Russia, such as Istanbul or Moscow, are increasingly integrated in the global supply chain and will gain further importance as trade links with the Far and Middle East strengthen.

The whitepaper is highly recommended, you can download it here: www.colliers.com/top-european-logistics-hub

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