Colliers identifies best logistics hubs in Europe
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.
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