Logistics Luxembourg - an ideal logistics gateway in Europe

With the advent of digitalisation and new technologies, global demand and production have led to increased logistical challenges around the world. The access to efficient, time- and cost-effective supply chain management solutions has become a major success factor for companies conducting cross-border operations on a global level. Located in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg has established itself as an ideal intercontinental and multimodal logistics hub in Europe for value-added logistics activities.

A dedicated all-cargo international airport providing airlinks to all continents

Luxembourg’s international airport is one of the leading freight airports in Europe and home base of Cargolux, Europe’s leading all-cargo carrier.

The global network of Cargolux and other airfreight carriers such as China Airlines, Emirates, Silkway West Airlines, Uni-Top, and Qatar Airways as well as Panalpina’s controlled airfreight network operated out of Luxembourg by Atlas Air offer multiple destinations to all continents on daily basis.

Luxembourg’s airport cargo centre has a total capacity of one million tons of freight per year and offers high quality services. With its modern and well-equipped air freight handling facilities, LuxairCargo offers secure, efficient and speedy ground handling, allowing for cargo widebody aircrafts to be unloaded and customs cleared at a record speed. Trucks are then on the motorway network within a few minutes and able to reach any European city in less than 24 hours.

To meet the increasing need for reliable and efficient handling of temperature sensitive cargo brought by a growing amount of regulations, a dedicated Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Centre, fulfilling all requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and European Union (EU) GDP guidelines, has been set up within the airport’s cargo centre.

An extended Gateway to major European ports and Turkish hubs

Reliable, scheduled, combined rail connections are provided by CFL multimodal to the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Iberian peninsula, the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey and other major EU hubs. A first train to China was launched in early 2019. In addition, new routes through Europe and beyond are added to the network on a continuous basis.

Located at the junction of major North-South and East-West railway and motorway corridors, Luxembourg offers easy and uncongested access to the European consumer market.

Lorry-rail, a subsidiary of CFL, operates a rail motorway service for standard unaccompanied semi-trailers that connects Luxembourg to the South of France and Spain. This innovative multimodal solution ensures the transportation of semi-trailers over a distance of more than 1,000 km. New routes through Europe are also planned and will enhance the Lorry-Rail transportation modus.

An inland port for heavy bulk traffic

Inland navigation is a competitive, efficient and eco-friendly transportation mode. Connected to rail and motorway, the river port of  Mertert offers services and warehousing related to tri-modal, waterway-oriented transport logistics to other inland and North Sea destinations (e.g. coaster shipping). It is used mainly for dispatching and receiving containers as well as bulk products like steel and iron, petrol products, construction materials, fertilisers and heavy concrete elements.

© Yves Welter

Dedicated infrastructure for tailor-made solutions

Logistics parks

Two logistics parks, Eurohub Centre and Eurohub South, provide real estate solutions (i.e. by building or renting warehouse facilities) within easy reach of the airport, the multimodal rail/road terminal and the inland river port. Both have direct access to major European motorways. The parks are dedicated to value-added logistics activities. Since 2013, about 280,000 m2 of logistics warehouse facilities have been built or are under construction in Luxembourg, representing an investment of about € 285 million by the companies concerned.

Le Freeport

Located next to the airport’s cargo centre, Le FREEPORT Luxembourg is a multi-service platform dedicated to the storage, handling and trading of valuable goods (e.g. artworks, fine wines, precious metals and collectible items). This state-of-the-art facility offers maximum security, controlled temperature and humidity storage conditions and features the latest technologies to ensure safe and secure storage.

Le FREEPORT Luxembourg operates under the supervision of the customs administration and is subject to a tax and customs framework which requires that goods can only access and leave Le FREEPORT through licensed operators. These are obliged to keep detailed inventories documenting the movements and physical locations of stored goods. Goods originating from non-EU countries that are imported into Le FREEPORT Luxembourg benefit from a suspension of VAT and customs duties until their final importation into the EU.

© Loris von Siebenthal / LE FREEPORT Luxembourg

Key actors of global logistics

Luxembourg hosts the full range of experienced logistics service providers – carriers, handling agents, forwarding agents and so on – enabling the provision of just-in-time access to EU markets Major players such as Cargolux, China Airlines, Cobelfret, Champ, DB Schenker, DHL, Kühne + Nagel, Morrisson Express, , Panalpina, TNT, Transalliance and Yusen Logistics, 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 offers an excellent exchange platform for all organisations – both public and private – active in the field of logistics to discuss and coordinate their means and know-how.

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