Logical Choice for Logistical Excellence
The Dutch aim is to become the European logistics leader by 2020
Any business that operates nationally and internationally depends on logistics: a combination of expertise and knowledge regarding products, markets, transportation, insurance, infrastructure, and Customs procedures. It is a complex cocktail of processes, both physical and digital, that keeps goods moving across borders and through markets. The Dutch know a thing or two about logistics as the small country is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of goods and eighth-largest importer. The Netherlands is a strategic transportation hub with an advanced infrastructure and an innovation climate that both rank among the best in the world.
Industrial society in the Netherlands is characterized by a culture of open networks and intensive cooperation. In order to advocate the excellent Dutch logistics capabilities and knowledge abroad, the industry itself created a platform. The Holland Logistics Library has been specially developed for and by organizations that promote the Netherlands in relation to logistics: local, regional and national public authorities, knowledge institutions, universities of applied science and other universities, and businesses – from start-ups to companies listed on the stock exchange.
For centuries, Dutch traders have been traveling the globe and trading commodities and the Netherlands has long been an important trading hub. With its coastal location at the heart of Europe, high concentration of world-class logistics service providers, and cutting-edge digital- and physical infrastructure, the Netherlands is truly a leading force in logistics. This position is confirmed in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index.
The Port of Rotterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are major European cargo and passenger hubs supported by world-class logistics service providers and extensive road, rail, waterway, and pipeline networks. This powerful combination helps establish the Netherlands as the ideal Gateway to Europe. Innovation was one of the key focus areas within the Netherlands Presidency of the European Union (EU), from 1 January to 30 June 2016. It is also a significant driver of sustainable growth, especially in the transport and logistics sector.
Source: Europe Container Terminal BV, Rotterdam
The Netherlands makes extensive use of IT to deliver optimized supply chain solutions in time-critical areas such as food and flowers and is also pioneering developments in environmentally sustainable logistics and silent logistics. Also, Dutch innovations such as Supply Chain Finance, iSHARE and Hyperloop are set to change the logistics landscape.
The Netherlands is one of the leading road transport nations in Europe and the largest inland shipper. The Betuweroute, a dedicated double-track freight railway, enables fast transport of containers and bulk goods from Rotterdam to the rest of Europe. It is entirely logical, therefore, that many international companies have chosen to base their pan-European Distribution Centers (EDC’s) in the Netherlands, enabling them to offer top-quality service and quick deliveries to their clients throughout the European Union – and beyond. Nearly 1,000 American and Asian companies have centralized their European distribution activities in the Netherlands, and the country hosts over 20 million square meters of distribution centers.
The Dutch aim is to become the European logistics leader by 2020 and, consequently, the ideal place to locate a business, offering the best supply-chain monitoring: the Netherlands as the ideal location to service Europe and the rest of the world.
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