A strategic position, cutting-edge infrastructure and extensive support networks

A key player in both the European and global economies, the Netherlands’ cutting-edge infrastructure connects millions of suppliers and consumers annually, across the globe. The Netherlands is also exceptionally well-positioned geographically and is unsurprisingly home to one of Europe’s busiest airports, Schiphol, and two of its top 5 seaports: the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. All of this is supported by an extensive network of road, rail, waterways and pipelines, specialised service providers, and a strong IT backbone to deliver optimised supply chain solutions. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Port of Amsterdam – with the help of the private sector – aim to turn the city into the fastest, most-reliable multimodal hub in Europe.

Schiphol, Europe’s third largest cargo airport

Over the past three decades, Schiphol has won more than 200 European and global awards. These include several cargo awards such as the IATA ‘Cargo Excellence Award,’ and the Asia Cargo News ‘Best Airport in Europe’ award – an award it has won consecutively for the past three years. Schiphol moves over 1.6 million tonnes of cargo annually, a number that has grown solidly year on year. And over the next few years, the Schiphol Group plan to improve the logistics chain further by implementing cost-cutting innovations. The group wants to position the port as a coordinator, bringing relevant parties together, and they are taking steps to that effect. They plan to invest further in e-freight, for example, to continue enabling the faster, more efficient digital clearing of goods.

The Port of Amsterdam: smarter, faster, cleaner

The Amsterdam port region tranships over 97 million tonnes of cargo per year, with more than 78 million in the Port of Amsterdam itself. But the Port of Amsterdam group aims to balance financial returns with care for the environment, as well as add value to the overall region. There are major challenges everyone must face today, including pollution, climate change and the depletion of natural resources. The Port of Amsterdam plans to face these challenges by forming innovative partnerships to see the port operating smarter, faster and cleaner over the next decade. The port will of course continue to provide value to customers and the region, acting as an economic engine.

Amsterdam is the ideal home for companies that rely on logistics

Amsterdam is home to a large and increasing number of companies that provide, or rely on, logistics. Hanjin Logistics Europe, for instance, is a third-party logistics service provider delivering supply-chain control and international transport. The company chose to set up in Schiphol for its ideal geographic location and the city’s competitive tax climate. TYC Europe, a company that provides over 5% of all lamps, radiators, mirrors and cooling system components to the automotive industry, chose Amsterdam for its world-class infrastructure and ICT facilities. The city continues to see an increasing number of established companies and startups making their home in its favourable climate.