Series: Logistic hotspots in the Benelux
This is the 9th year in a row that the Venlo-Venray area has been voted the no. 1 Logistics Hotspot in the Netherlands. Approximately 35 logistics experts gave Venlo the highest marks again for 2016 at the election organised by Logistiek Magazine. The election was held at the WDP building in Nieuwegein (former V&D).
At the start of January 2017, WDP also began construction of a multi-user warehouse covering no less than 50,000 m² on a very strategically located industrial estate in Venlo, Trade Port Noord Venlo.
The current planning is that Schenker Logistics Benelux, a subsidiary of DB Schenker, will be able to move in in June 2017. The new location is good for approximately 100 jobs. From this warehouse, Schenker will be able to service its customers even quicker and meet the growing demand for logistics services.
The question now is why Venlo has been voted logistics hotspot for so many years in a row? We believe this is down to the following 4 important criteria:
1. Multimodal transport
Venlo is located on the crossroads of major European approach roads. There is a direct connection to Antwerp and Rotterdam via the A67, to Amsterdam via the A73, and Düsseldorf along the A61 or A40.
Do your goods arrive in containers at the Port of Antwerp or Rotterdam? Barges transport them directly to Venlo. There are two barge terminals near Venlo where goods are discharged and forwarded to other European cities, if necessary.
And very soon - in addition to the two existing rail terminals in Venlo - a third rail connection will be provided in the heart of Trade Port Noord Venlo. This rail terminal will be the biggest domestic loading and discharge station in the Netherlands and will considerably reduce lorry transport in the region.
2. Enough land and warehouses
Trade Port Noord Venlo alone has 231 hectares of building plots available. This means there is enough space for companies that want to expand in the future. It is therefore not surprising that DB Schenker also chose Venlo to meet the growth in the region.
Are you also interested in the opportunities of establishing your company in the Venlo-Venray region? WDP can help you with this. We have exclusive options on different building plots ranging from 1 to 40 hectares.
WDP Venlo for DB Schenker
3. Suitable and motivated workers
In the logistics hotspot vote, this category was divided into the availability of suitable staff on the one hand and deployability and employee motivation on the other hand. The Venlo-Venray region scores well in both criteria.
According to official figures, the unemployment percentage in Venlo is 7.7%. This means there are enough job-seekers in the region consisting of both lower educated and higher educated people. There is also an influx of German and Polish workers. Companies that establish themselves in Venlo do not have to worry about finding sufficient staff.
4. Support of governments
Venlo as a logistics hotspot thus not only boosts the economy, it also raises employment levels. This is why companies that establish themselves in the region receive considerable subsidies and tax benefits.
One of these initiatives is the subsidy measure for companies that create new jobs in the Province of Limburg. Another tax-friendly measure is offered by the Dutch tax regime. A company in the Netherlands does not have to pay VAT until the moment the goods leave the warehouse.