Due to its strategic location, Luxembourg has established itself as an ideal intercontinental logistics operations hub in Europe for value-added logistics activities.
The global network of Cargolux and other airfreight carriers offer multiple destinations to all continents makes Luxembourg a real platform for worldwide distribution. With its modern and well-equipped air freight handling facilities, LuxairCargo offers secure, efficient and speedy ground handling, making Luxembourg on of Europe's most efficient cargo hubs. As an example, LuxairCargo boasts a Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Hub, a constant temperature storage facility dedicated to the storage and transportation of sanitary products and pharmaceuticals.
CFL Cargo (conventional rail freight) and CFL Multimodal (combined transport and multimodal logistic services) are able to offer reliable rail connections to major continental hubs all across the EU and Turkey as well as to ports of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, thus making Luxembourg an extended gateway of the main European ports of Zeebrugge, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hambourg. With its rail motorway connection, Lorry-Rail provides innovative solutions for multimodal transportation modes. The company operates the rail motorway service Luxembourg — Perpignan for standard unaccompanied semi-trailers. This allows for the transport of some 30,000 semi-trailers per year over a distance of over 1,000km. New routes across Europe are planned.
Inland waterway shipping is another form of reliable and safe transport. Luxembourg has a river port, which can be used for the shipment of raw materials and agricultural products, iron and steel, and petroleum products to other domestic destinations or to the North Sea.
Inaugurated in September 2014, the Luxembourg Freeport is destined to become a pillar of the booming logistics sector. This freeport, located at Findel Airport, is a safe and highly secure area of 22.000m2, spread over four floors. Under the control of the services of the Administration of Customs and Excise, it stores works of art, jewelry, vintage cars, wines, important documents and other treasures. Storage of goods at the Luxembourg Freeport benefits form a VAT suspension of.
Key actors of global logistics
Moreover, an important number of qualified players (i.e. carriers, handling agents, forwarding agents and logistics service providers) provide quality service allowing just-in-time access to the EU consumer market.
Major players such as Cargolux, China Airlines, Cobelfret, DB Schenker, DHL, Kühne + Nagel, Morrisson Express, Nippon Express, Panalpina, TNT, Yangtze River and Yusen Air & Sea, to name but a few,have already opted for Luxembourg as base of operations for their high value added logistics activities. As a result, numerous international companies are shipping their products through Luxembourg to tap into the European market.
Cluster for Logistics
The Cluster for Logistics is a network giving support to different key players in the Grand Duchy's logistics sector by helping them to develop synergies and new national and international partnerships through RDI projects.
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