Logistics industry in North Rhine-Westphalia – Facts & Figures

Logistics industry in North Rhine-Westphalia - Facts & Figures

North Rhine-Westphalia can call itself the leading logistics location in Germany. The most populous federal state with almost 18 million inhabitants is virtually predestined for logistics companies due to its geographical location, its economic power and its transport infrastructure. With Deutsche Post and Schenker AG, two logistics heavyweights have their headquarters in the Rhine and Ruhr region. This article is based on the unique Top 300 Logistics Companies Germany – List of the largest logistics companies.

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Logistics hub for one third of the EU population

With the airports Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia has two important airports for the international air freight business. Cologne/Bonn is number 3 in Germany with an annual air freight volume of over 800,000 tons. The state also has around 720 kilometres of waterways and 120 inland ports with a good 115 million tonnes of goods handled annually. The port of Duisburg is the world’s largest inland port and Dortmund is home to Europe’s largest canal port. Nowhere in Germany is the motorway network as tightly knit as in North Rhine-Westphalia. Around 150 million people – a third of the EU population – live within a radius of 500 kilometres (a day’s distance by truck), which can be served by logistics companies from the state.

Some 24,000 logistics companies based in North Rhine-Westphalia generate about 67 billion euros in sales per year. The core logistics sector employs almost 350,000 people. If other logistics sectors are included, the figure is as high as 712,000. Deutsche Post in Bonn with its subsidiary DHL is the world’s leading logistics provider with a focus on CEP. The Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Schenker in Essen stands for the non-rail transport and logistics services of the DB Group. Another large logistics company is Rhenus at Dortmund Airport. Rhenus specialises in logistics services (contract logistics, port logistics, handling services). Otherwise, the logistics sector in North Rhine-Westphalia is strongly characterised by medium-sized companies.
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