Limburg has been the number one European hotspot for logistics operations form many years. The European market is our neigbor: within a radius of 100 km (62 miles), 30 million consumers can be reached, and within 500 km (310 miles), the number increases to 170 million consumers. There are many large plots available and there is close coopertion with schools and universities of applied sciences to ensure the availability of well-educated employees.
Limburg emerges as market leader in benchmark studies of Europeand Distribution Center (EDC) locations in many industries like electronics, FMCG, fashion, food, fresh produce, flowers, and med tech.
Limburg is home to around a hundred EDCs and forty European & Global HQs including: Boston Scientific, Calvin Klein, Medtronic, Michael Kors Europe, Mitsubishi Motors, Nutricia, s.Oliver Benelux, Tommy Hilfiger and Stryker.
Mature transportation infrastructure
The region offers a trimodal established network of rail, road, and water connections. Limburg offers various smaller transshipment locations via water and rail. The largest inland rail terminal of the Netherlands will be operational by the end of 2019. There is a high concentration of third-party logistics (for example: DSV, DHL, CEVA, UPS and DB Schenker), close to integrator hubs DHL, TNT/FedEx, and UPS.
Maastricht Aachen Airport is the second largest cargo airport in the Netherlands. They handle a full range of products, like fresh foods, flowers, pharmaceuticals, the latest high-tech products and live animals to and from all over the world. With the presences of Dutch Customs, a smooth transaction is guaranteed. Because of the size of the aiport, an efficient and customized solution is possible. All larger freight forwarding agents are already present here.
- proximity to consumer market
- proximity to LSP and Freight Forwarder network: late cut-off times & short lead times
- multimodal connectivity
- logistic expertise
- availability of skilled multilingual workforce
- competitive fiscal climate
- respectively low land costs.
Limburg is at the forefront of logistics education, available along the themes of trade compliance and customs management, e-commerce and e-fulfillment, and the supply chain redesign:
- Maastricht University
- RWTH Aachen
- Fontys Hogeschool
- Zuyd Hogeschool
- Gilde Opleidingen.