The Netherlands is attractive to European supply chain services

Logistic sites in the Netherlands score very high on quality

In the recent study “Benchmarking Dutch regions from a supply chain perspective,” Dutch logistic sites compare well to very well with those of foreign competitors. Conditions are excellent for setting up European supply chain services, by comparison with sites in other countries. Total chain costs tend to be highly competitive as well.

Qualitative edge of the Netherlands
Concluding observations:

  • Locations in the Netherlands are highly competitive in terms of cost and quality alike, when considering European distribution centers for lifestyle and chemicals and West-European distribution centers for agro food.
  • The Dutch qualitative edge also makes the Netherlands highly competitive among regional fulfilment centers (e-commerce distribution) and regional distribution centers for pharma and among European distribution centers for medical technology, high tech and spare parts. While German and East-European locations for labor-intensive facilities are priced more competitively, they score lower on quality.

The study compares the competitive strength of 9 Dutch locations for 8 types of distribution centers (specific cases in each industry and differing in terms of geographic supply patterns). The benchmark analyses compare 5 cost variables and 26 quality variables.

Nederland Distributieland, following a request from Top Sector Logistics, in conjunction with three regional development companies (BOM, LIOF, Oost NV), the Rotterdam and Amsterdam port industries and Schiphol Airport, commissioned Buck Consultants International to conduct this benchmark study.

Schenker Logistics BeNeLux builds new logistics centre in Venlo

(Tilburg, 18 November 2016) In January 2017 the construction of a new state-of-the-art multi-user warehouse for Schenker Logistics BeNeLux will start at the strategically located area Trade Port North in Venlo. The logistics centre will be realized by real estate partner WDP according to the standards BREEAM Very Good, which is complementary to the sustainability goals of DB Schenker, parent company of Schenker Logistics BeNeLux.

Marcel Wijnhoven, Senior Vice President Contract Logistics BeNeLux: “With the realization of this new site we can facilitate the growth of our customer portfolio in the Venlo region and further develop in providing excellent logistics services. The good cooperation with Trade Port North and real estate partner WDP ensures the construction preparations to follow in a reliable and smooth way. In 2016 the Venlo-Venray region again was awarded to be logistics hotspot No. 1 in the Netherlands. Therefore it was a logical choice for Schenker Logistics BeNeLux to expand at this triple A-location with good multimodal connections to the European hinterland via water, rail and road.”

The new logistics centre, in total measuring approximately 50,000 m² with a mezzanine of 3,800 m² and 1,300 m² office space, is planned to be fully operational as of 1 June 2017. The new warehouse will provide employment to about 100 employees.

In the Benelux Schenker is one of the top 3 market leaders. With approximately 4,000 employees and 28 logistics centres and offices, Schenker offers complete integrated services for land transport, air freight, ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain management. Services for fairs and events are also part of the offering. Together with the nine other clusters in Europe, Schenker Logistics BeNeLux forms the region Europe.

About DB Schenker DB Schenker represents the transportation and logistics activities of Deutsche Bahn (DB), with around 66,000 employees in over 130 countries. DB Schenker holds top positions in the global air and ocean freight business and has Europe’s densest land transport network.


November 16, 2016 – DHG has sold and transferred its developed distribution center located on the Logistic Boulevard 9-11 in Moerdijk to  Real I.S .. The development, which consists of two construction phases, started last year on September 1st at risk. Phase 1 was fully leased last July and Phase 2 by November 15th and delivered to the buyer.

The distribution center of 43.560 sqm consists of approx. 37.780 sqm of warehouse space, approx. 3.225 sqm of office space and approx. 2.555 sqm mezzanine and is located in the port of Moerdijk. The whole complex, consisting of 4 units, is fully and long-term leased to Manuli Fluiconnecto (7,5 years), Base Logistics (10 years), AWL Moerdijk (10 years) and Maclean Products (5 years).

Willem Slager, Commercial Director of DHG: “The sale at a NAR of about 5,25% v.o.n. shows that the initial yields for high-quality, long leased logistics properties are still decreasing in the Netherlands. DHG also recognizes the trend that demand for logistics real estate is still increasing. “With the sale of Smartlog Moerdijk 1 we complete a second successful sale transaction of logistics real estate this year. Earlier this year, we sold our proprietary distribution center of approx. 17.000 sqm at the Biezenwei 16 in Tiel against a NAR of approx. 5,30% v.o.n. ” continues Willem Slager.

At present, DHG is developing a second distribution campus in Moerdijk of a total of 101.223 sqm, consisting of two phases. The first DC in phase 1 is leased to Rulewave for 10 years and consists of 17.651 sqm of warehouse space for the storage of both normal goods and packaged hazardous materials goods (ESFR-sprinkler and CO2 gas extinguishing system), 1.310 sqm of mezzanine space and 836 sqm of office space. The second DC of 26.500 sqm in phase 1 will be completed in early April and is available for lease. Early 2017 the construction of phase 2, with a total of approx. 55.200 sqm, will start.

In addition to the developments in Moerdijk, DHG will build another four new distribution centers with a total surface of 213.000 sqm the coming year. These Smartlog DC´s will be located in Bergen op Zoom (about 48.500 sqm), the Harnaschpolder in Delft (about 44.000 sqm) and two distribution centers in Rotterdam-Europoort (total of 120.500 sqm).
Real I.S. was legally advised in this transaction by Houthoff Buruma and Savills acted as technical advisor. DHG was advised by JLL, where Loyens & Loeff N.V. acted as its notary.

Real I.S. is one of the largest providers of real estate investments for private and institutional investors in Germany. Real I.S. has a portfolio, worth more than € 5.5 billion, under management in thirteen countries around the world and is represented on four locations in Europe and Australia.


KLM Cargo launches pilot project to optimise supply chain

Amstelveen, 28 September 2016 – KLM Cargo has set up a project to significantly speed up and enhance the efficiency of European supply chains bringing customer cargo to Schiphol for subsequent international shipment. This project supports the objectives of the “Schiphol 2020 Mainport Programme” to make Schiphol the smartest airport in the world. A pilot project directed at making the first changes to the supply chain from Frankfurt kicked off today.

In periods of several weeks at a time, systematic improvements will be introduced in a bid to create the ideal design by April 2017. This design will then be applied at other European outstations.

Within the scope of the pilot project, KLM Cargo is participating in a consortium representing all the parties involved in the supply chain. KLM Cargo’s partners include Schiphol Cargo, Jan de Rijk Logistics, Cargonaut, Swissport, Kuehne+Nagel and the Customs Services and Tax Authorities.

This morning, the first newly scheduled cargo trucks arrived carrying goods from Frankfurt. A distinction is now being drawn between shipments with shorter connecting times and those with less time pressure.

Introducing the new schedule also constitutes the first step towards setting up a Cloud platform facilitating data exchange amongst the cooperating parties. This means that once data has been delivered “real time” by other parties in the supply chain, it can be reused, supplemented or modified where necessary. From the start, the information is also automatically verified against the applicable customs regulations and safety standards. Not only will this support the exchange of administrative data, it will also facilitate the exchange of status information relating to the shipments.

Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo: “This is an important adjustment for KLM Cargo, making it possible to further optimise the transhipment process at Schiphol. But, more importantly, this will enable KLM Cargo to enhance the quality of the customer services it provides. By shortening the throughput times for shipments from Europe and making the entire supply chain simpler and more transparent, KLM Cargo can offer its customers far greater predictability regarding delivery.”

Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Schiphol Cargo: “This project involves using each other’s data. Cooperation of this nature is tricky for all the respective parties. You have to look beyond your own needs and work hard to get the job done for one another. It’s excellent that KLM and its partners are able to find common ground here. The supply chain optimisation project generates both savings and additional business. After all, because KLM’s findings will be open to everyone, the project will promote the cargo business Schiphol-wide.”

The project is supported by the national Neutral Logistic Information Platform (NLIP) steering committee and therefore forms part of government’s policy on leading sectors. In the leading sector of logistics, government aims to raise efficiency and enhance the quality of logistics to ensure the Netherlands maintains its international standing as a leader in this sector in 2020 and beyond.

Michiel Haarman, Programme Manager at NLIP for the Logistics Top Sector: “The project shows which quality improvements and process innovations can be achieved if data can be efficiently shared amongst the logistics partners. It’s great to see that a project supported by NLIP can so quickly produce such tangible results. The challenge in the months ahead will be to continue to use the available data and to further optimise the processes concerned.”

Launch of Holland Logistics Library

Logo-HLL-a-rgb-oranjeThe Logistics Top Sector conference held on 22 April at the Amsterdam ArenA saw the official launch of the Holland Logistics Library. This unique digital portal was developed to strengthen the international leadership role of businesses in the Dutch logistics sector. The library offers presentations, videos, infographics and other tools that can be used internationally to attract cargo flows and logistics investments to the Netherlands and to promote Dutch knowledge and know-how in the logistics field.

The Netherlands Named Most Attractive European Logistics Location

German brand study calls Holland a top trade partner

The Netherlands is the most attractive logistics location among Germany’s top trade partners, according to the 2016 Image Ranking for Transport and Logistics Services, a brand study from German magazine VerkehrsRundschau. The Netherlands topped the list, scoring highest of 15 countries, with 748 out of 1,000 possible points, while Austria and Belgium rounded out the top three.

The German magazine, together with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, honored the Netherlands with the award for Best European Logistics Location during the VerkehrsRundschau Gala on February 18, 2016 in Munich.

The brand study surveyed 400 logistics decision-makers at German industrial and commercial companies, who cited the “quality and availability of logistics service providers, as well as the good connection to motorway networks,” as the most important factors in determining a country’s value as a European location for logistics and distribution.

Goodman and Giesbers partner to develop new European distribution centre for Nabuurs, servicing Kraft Heinz, at Park15 in the Netherlands

01Goodman Group, a global owner, developer and manager of industrial real estate, has partnered with GiesbersGroep, a construction and development company, to develop a new 61,700 sqm European distribution centre (EDC) for logistics service provider Nabuurs Supply Chain Solutions. The pre-lease deal is one of the largest logistics real estate projects signed in the Netherlands over the past 12 months. Construction will start next month and the new facility will be located at the Park15 Logistics Parc in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region, the Netherlands. Nabuurs will lease the new facility from Goodman on completion of the development in early 2017. Giesbers realizes the development of the EDC turnkey commissioned by Goodman.

The Port of Rotterdam achieves a record throughput thanks to a growth of 4.9%

Goods throughput in Rotterdam increased by a total 4.9% to 466.4 million tonnes in 2015. This significant growth is almost entirely attributable to
Overslagcijfers CALANDKANAAL-OCHTEND-ERIC-BAKKERthe increased throughput of crude oil and oil products. Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Low oil prices result in high margins for the refineries, so they have large quantities of oil shipped in for refining. This not only applies to the refineries in Europe but also to those in Russia. The latter produce a relatively large amount of fuel oil which is shipped to the Far East via Rotterdam. The result is an 8% increase in the throughput of crude oil and an 18% increase in the throughput of oil products” Although this year the port owes its growth to oil, according to Castelein the port is in a transition phase: “Due to the need to combat climate change, the port is fully committed to energy efficiency as well as the development of renewable energy and bio-based chemistry. Rotterdam already has one of the most energy efficient refining and chemicals clusters and the largest bio-based cluster in the world. It is our ambition to retain our leading position.” When it comes to throughput in 2016, the Port Authority aims to match the port’s strong performance in 2015. 

Rotterdam port tariffs again increase by less than inflation

The tariffs which visiting sea-going vessels pay in Rotterdam will increase by 0.5% next year. That is half of the past year’s inflation rate. This is in accordance with the three-year agreement made last year between Deltalinqs, VRC, VNPI and the Port Authority on changes to the port tariffs. At the time, the parties agreed to allow an increase in tariffs equal to half of the inflation rate, with a maximum of 1% per annum, for a period of three years. In addition, the Port Authority applies a number of targeted measures to encourage specific sectors, such as container transhipment.



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