Delivering the goods: More freight transported in Germany than ever before
A record amount of cargo was transported in Germany in 2014 and new investments are on the cards. Germany Trade & Invest will be at the RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference in Kissimmee, FL from February 22-25 to provide information on setting up a presence in Germany's booming logistics sector.
Berlin (gtai) - 2014 saw the volume of goods transported in Germany increase by 2.9 percent year-on-year to set a new record of 4.5 billion metric tons, the Federal Statistical Office reported Friday. The figure is 0.4 percent higher than the previous high set in 2008.
Road haulage saw the greatest year-on-year increase of 3.7 percent to 3.5 billion tons. Rail freight was down by 2.4 percent but the volume of goods transported by air increased by 1.9 percent to 4.4 million tons. Sea freight increased by 2.4 percent to 301 million tons, 146 million tons of which was handled at the Port of Hamburg. This represents incredible year-on-year growth of 4.8 percent and the first time the port has handled such a large volume of cargo.
The growth in haulage is being reflected in new investments in the German logistics sector: In January, UPS announced that it will be expanding its facilities for B2B and B2C customers in Germany. 7,000 m2 will be added to the company's site in Butzbach near Frankfurt and 5,000 m2 will be added to its Krefeld facility in response to high-tech and retail customer growth.
Deutsche Post DHL has also announced that it intends to create up to 10,000 new jobs by 2020, citing its rapidly growing package business. The new company DHL Delivery GmbH will start employing the new staff in the coming weeks and months.
"Germany ranked number one in the World Bank's 2014 Logistics Performance Index," notes David Chasdi, logistics market expert at Germany Trade & Invest. "E-commerce and retail are thriving. And with the economy and consumer spending both set to grow here this year, I expect to see investments in Germany's logistics sector to remain strong."
Germany Trade & Invest will be at booth 930 of the RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference in Kissimmee, FL from February 22-25 to provide information on setting up a presence in the German logistics market.