The future of logistics in Europe
Logistics is a very important part of ecommerce. But this market is changing rapidly, so it’s crucial to be aware of current trends in order to remain competitive. We have an infographic for you that shows the current situation and the future of logistics in Europe.
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In the infographic of course some interesting statistics about the logistics industry are shown. For example, did you know that logistics make up 14% of total gross domestic product in EU countries? Or that total goods transported in the European Union are estimated at 4 billion tkm. (1 tkm is 1,000 kgkm and a kgkm means moving 1 kg of cargo a distance of 1 km).
More than 11 million people are employed in the European logistics sector and almost a quarter of these jobs can be found in the post and courier branche. The road is the biggest carrier of goods in terms of tonnage, with over 46 million tonnes carried daily.
Top 5 logistics countries in Europe
When looking at the top 5 European logistics countries, bases on things such as the quality of transport infrastructure, efficiency of clearance process and the timeliness of shipments, the best countries are found in Western and Northern Europe. The top 5 is as follows:
- The Netherlands
- The United Kingdom
That’s not to say Eastern Europe doesn’t play its part in the European logistics scene. There’s an increased manufacturing and spending in Eastern Europe, which will drive a need to direct goods to these locations and help drive their national logistics markets. “Low cost has had significant impact on the increased market share of Eastern European drivers over Western European”, the infographic reads.
All things aside, there are some major challenges ahead for road freight. Mileage tax and eco-tax are being rolled out in more European regions, which will add more costs to logistics companies. Also, the European Commission has indicated that 30% of road freight transport over 300 kilometers should shift to another mode of transport such as rail or water by 2030. Logistics companies need to be aware of this and adapt to the situation so it can outplay the competition in time.