Logistics Performance Index
The Logistics Performance Index (LPI) measures performance along the trade logistics supply chain in 160 countries worldwide, allowing for both domestic and international comparison. The LPI is based on a worldwide survey of operators on the ground (global freight forwarders and express carriers), providing feedback on the logistics “friendliness” of the countries in which they operate and those with which they trade. It is supplemented with quantitative logistics data for each participating country. The index is produced by the World Bank’s International Trade Unit every two years.
Amsterdam's excellent trade infrastructure
The Netherlands ranks second on the index and scores very well on the quality of trade and transport-related infrastructure such as ports, roads and IT. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is located in a golden logistics triangle, linking the two important ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Welcoming more than 52.5 million passengers in 2013, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Europe’s fourth busiest airport and continues to win international prizes. In the spring of 2013, Schiphol was again designated Best Airport in Europe at the Passenger Choice Awards by Skytrax. It was also ranked one of the world’s top three airports.
The Port of Amsterdam is presently ranked fourth in Europe, supported by excellent rail and road networks. It is also the world’s busiest cocoa port, Europe’s largest port for fuel exports and Europe’s second largest port for coal imports.
High quality of logistics services
The Netherlands also scores very highly on the competence and quality of logistics services such as transport operation and customs brokerage. There is an especially large and diverse pool of internationally oriented global service providers in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offering transportation, bonded warehousing, fiscal representation and value-added logistics services at competitive rates. These companies are drawn to the region because it is located in the best-equipped logistics triangle in mainland Europe and is ideally situated as the gateway to the rest of the continent.