Logistics in NRW
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Logistics in NRW

Thanks to an ideal set of conditions, the logistics industry is among the fastest growing business sectors in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW ranks as one of Europe's major transportation hubs. The direct links with the Belgian and Dutch seaports and the dense transport network make NRW the leading logistics location in Europe. The volume of air freight is expanding continuously. Well-developed inland waterways offer direct access to destinations throughout Europe. Via the new Betuwe freight railroad NRW is now connected directly to Rotterdam, Europe's largest seaport.

68 bn €

sales
24,000 logistics enterprises with a total of 348,500 employees generate sales of € 68,0 billion.

712,000

employees
Including the logistics activities within trade and industry, the sector employs a combined workforce in excess of 712,000.

1/4

of german logistics centers
About one quarter of all logistics centers in Germany are to be found in NRW (e.g. Amazon, Esprit, TK Maxx, Zalando).

9 out of 25

in NRW
Of the top 25 largest logistics companies in Germany (according to domestic sales), nine are based in NRW.

Networks – Innovation transfer for a successful future

Networks – Innovation transfer for a successful future

Under the umbrella of "EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr" more than 600 scientists working in 180 companies as well as 20 research and education institutes are in the process of developing new logistics technologies. The state cluster for logistics ("Kompetenznetz Logistik.NRW") has created specific platforms for logistics-related issues and promotes the practical application of research findings. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund is one of the world's largest research facilities in the field of logistics.

 

Logistics enterprises in NRW

Numerous logistics enterprises and global players already reap the benefits of North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location. In NRW they operate distribution centers and manage their national and international merchandise flows:

BLG LOGISTICS, DB, DHL, FedEx, KÜHNE+NAGEL, RHENUS LOGISTICS, SEACON LOGISTICS, TNT

How to do business in NRW

Do you have questions about entry regulations, tax issues and relevant laws for your investment project? You can find all the important information on setting up a company and other practical answers in our Business Guide.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions

NRW.INVEST GmbH
Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4
40219 Düsseldorf
Germany

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