The transportation of goods around the globe increases in volume and distance every single day. Holland plays a key role in the global market because of its well-structured logistics.
The centre for world trade
Logistics concerns the knowledge and expertise that is necessary for the efficient planning, execution, and flow of goods- and information-streams. For many centuries, the Netherlands has been a centre for world trade. With two significant European cargo mainports, Schiphol airport and Port of Rotterdam, less that one hour distant from each other, the Netherlands is a key logistics hub for the through-transportation of goods to the European hinterland, making it an attractive location for foreign companies.
Global trade is expanding and the transportation of goods round the world continues to increase and there is therefore a need for logistics to be as sustainable and efficient as possible. Many new measures have been implemented to reduce the CO2 emissions produced by the sector, such as hybrid delivery vehicles for urban areas and ships using quayside electricity whilst in port.
Through sustainable innovation, the Dutch Logistics sector hopes to be leading the rest by 2020. Logistics also plays a crucial role for virtually all other sectors; from the transportation of raw materials, right through to finished products. With a value added of 55 billion euros/year and 813.000 employees, the Logistics sector is a strong driver of the Dutch economy.