Colliers identifies best logistics hubs in Europe

By Freddie Pierce
Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dusseldorf are the best logistics hubs in Europe, according to the latest report by global property consultants Colliers Interna...

Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dusseldorf are the best logistics hubs in Europe, according to the latest report by global property consultants Colliers International.

In their recent report, Logistics Cities, a European Comparison, Colliers ranked both mature and emerging logistics and industrial centers in Europe and ranks them based on two criteria which play a crucial role in the choice of locations for manufacturing and distribution activities.

The report identified the ‘Blue Banana’; a discontinuous corridor of cities that are strategically located in the economic heart of Europe, as the dominant locations from a distribution perspective, in addition to highlighting Kiev, Istanbul and Bratislava as the top three ideal locations for emerging markets.

Erik Barnekow, Head of EMEA Industrial and Logistics at Colliers International, said: "What is known as the ‘Blue Banana’ is the most densely populated and wealthiest part of the region, which makes them a logical choice for companies who want to reach as many customers as possible in the fastest time possible. They also benefit from the proximity to major European ports and airports, the largest consumer markets, as well as an extensive and relatively skilled pool of labour."

Among cities of the report reveals that Liege in Belgium and Lille in northern France offers a very good compromise between maximum access to market and low cost. Northern Italy also offers excellent growth potential for the distribution activities with Milan and Bologna in a top 20 position, particularly given the expected increase in freight traffic through the northern Adriatic ports.

To read the full report, click here.


Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services with more than 13,500 employees in 482 offices in 62 countries. As a subsidiary of First Service Corporation, the Colliers International a full range of services to tenants, owners and investors worldwide, global business solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel sales and advisory, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage credit financing and insightful analysis. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second most recognized commercial real estate services in the world.


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