The big success story of a little port
Since 1 September 1966, opening date of the port of Mertert, it has continued to develop its activity, becoming one of the largest logistics centres of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, especially for the transport of oil and steel products. It is an example of determination and dynamism that brought the Luxembourg economy to reinvent itself regularly to diversify and confirm its competitiveness.
Set on the Moselle, the port of Mertert is on a European transport route of great importance. Indeed, the Moselle allows boats to go down to the Rhine, the water artery of the economy of Western Europe. Located in the heart of Europe, the port welcomed a total of 823 boats and handled 740,949 tons of products and goods in 2015. Together with rail traffic, a total of 1,260,488 tons were handled in 2015, an increase of 4.03% compared to 2014.
The port of Mertert is a modern site that offers storage services on a plot of 150 hectares in the open and 15,000 m2 in a covered terminal. It also offers welding services on the same site, recently installed infrastructure and tri-modal logistics solutions (water, rail and road transport) in an international context. The recent modernisation of the port is part of the economic diversification strategy of Luxembourg, which provides for the development of the logistics sector in Luxembourg with modern and efficient infrastructure at a high level.
The three pillars of Luxembourg's logistics
According to the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index (LPI), the Grand Duchy ranks second of the countries with the best logistics performance in 2016.
Luxembourg clearly benefits from the good connectivity as well as the attractiveness of its business environment. Thus, a host of world class players from the logistics sector have opted for Luxembourg as operational basis for their value-added logistics activities: Cargolux, China Airlines, Cobelfret, DB Schenker, DHL, Kühne + Nagel, Morrisson Express, Nippon Express, Panalpina, TNT, Yangtze River and Yusen Air & Sea, to name just a few. The entirety of the logistics sector is headed by the Cluster for Logistics, a network designed to support the logistics sector's players in their Luxembourg activities, through the development of synergies and the inclusion of new national and international partners.
Since September 2014, Luxembourg also has a free zone, Le Freeport, a VAT-free zone that stores valuable goods, which gave a further boost to the logistics sector.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)