U.S. Department of Defense to store spare parts for F-35 aircraft in the Netherlands

The Netherlands will be storing all spare parts for all F-35 aircraft in Europe, as recently announced by the U.S. Department of Defense. This will entail storing, shipping and handling spare parts for over four hundred F-35 aircraft for the coming decades. The Woensdrecht Logistics Center (LCW) of the Royal Dutch Air Force will store these items.

Integrated service package

To provide smart maintenance for F-35 aircraft, the parts will be sent to a central storage site in Europe, from where they can be rapidly packaged and shipped, covering all customs formalities and export permits. This European warehouse at the LCW will be assigned a priority post at Schiphol Airport: transport will be not only over land but also by air. The approach proposed by the Netherlands will keep logistics costs affordable and inventories optimal and is intended to ensure that F-35 aircraft are available. The Pentagon selected the bid from the Netherlands because of the integrated service package.

F-35 engine maintenance

The Netherlands was previously designated as one of the countries performing maintenance on the engines of the new fighter planes, together with e.g., Australia, Norway and Turkey. At the LCW a trial alignment and a workplace are under construction as part of the worldwide maintenance infrastructure for F-35 engines.

Holland Logistics Library

The Holland Logistics Library is a unique alliance between government agencies, knowledge institutes and companies / commercial organizations working together to promote the Dutch logistics sector. Their common goal is to be the best logistics country in the world by 2020. This means being the best business location in Europe, having the best supply chain control and being a gateway to Europe and the world.

To achieve these goals and retain this status, the logistics sector has identified multiple actions in areas including cross-chain control centers, ICT solutions, synchromodality, service logistics, supply chain finance, human capital and simplified rules and regulations. The Holland Logistics Library is dedicated to promoting Dutch knowledge, expertise and innovations. It supports individual companies and commercial organizations and local, regional and national government agencies in strengthening their international market position by offering all relevant and current information with the right proposition and branding.

The Holland Logistics Library is an initiative of the Dutch Platform Foreign Promotion Logistics, supported by the Top Sector Logistics and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The platform is represented by Transport and Logistics Netherlands, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, Holland International Distribution Council, Dinalog, Schiphol Group, Port of Rotterdam, regional economic development agencies and the ministries of Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Infrastructure and Environment.

The Holland Logistics Library aims to serve everyone who promotes the Netherlands in terms of logistics, local, regional and national government agencies, knowledge institutes, colleges and universities and small and large companies / commercial organizations.

Holland Logistics Library


Aerospace industry: HIDC visited MRO Orlando

On April 25th and 26th, the Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC), Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC), One Logistics and the Dutch Consulate in Miami visited the MRO America’s trade show in Orlando, Florida. During this important conference and trade show on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) within the aviation industry we met with several parties from the international aviation industry.

Firms such as Air France KLM, Boeing, Aviall, Bell, AAR, Pratt & Whitney and Embraer and service providers such as Kuehne Nagel, Panalpina, DHL, Schenker, UPS and Rhenus already have operations at Schiphol Airport. At the MRO trade show we met with several new companies in the aerospace industry that have expressed interest in learning more about developments in the aerospace business in the Netherlands and may also consider using Schiphol as their European hub.

Inditex builds distribution hub in Lelystad

Inditex is set to build a new distribution hub in Lelystad, that will complement the activity of Inditex Central Logistics Platforms

in Spain. Construction will require an initial investment of approx. €100 million. Inditex will initially purchase a 35-hectare plot

at the Lelystad Airport Businesspark (LAB) currently under development. This plot borders on the airport which, in April 2019,

will begin offering passenger flights as a twin airport to Schiphol.

The construction of its distribution hub in Lelystad will begin as soon as possible and will be built following the best

sustainability practices, with the aim to receive LEED Gold certification for the building. It should be operational by 2019 and

fully operational by 2020. In the first phase, it will create over 400 new jobs, which even might double depending on capacity

development. Lelystad Airport Businesspark is a joint development of the municipality of Lelystad, municipality of Almere and

the province of Flevoland.


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.



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