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Logistics in NRW

For the supply of the country

Central logistics hub in Europe

Food travels around the world in record time, dispatch warehouses communicate with each other and drones deliver medicines to crisis regions: Every day, logistical feats are being performed all over the world. With its strong infrastructure, central location and expertise, North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the major players in this field – both nationally and internationally.

Ideal location conditions for logistics make the sector one of the leading growth industries in NRW and the state a central logistics hub in Europe:

  • Strategically located between north and south, east and west
  • Excellent transport infrastructure by water, rail, road and air
  • Direct connection to the Belgian and Dutch seaports
  • Direct connection to the Silk Road to China
  • Excellent universities and research networks

68 billion €

Over 24,000 logistics companies with 364,000 employees generate a sales volume of 68.0 billion euros.


and 720 kilometers of waterways connect NRW with the most important European seaports


of all logistics centers
Around a quarter of all logistics centers in Germany are located in NRW, e.g. Amazon, Esprit, TK Maxx, Zalando

9 out of 25

in NRW
Of the 25 largest logistics companies in Germany, nine have their headquarters in NRW

Internationally attractive location

Home to major logistics companies for decades - from startups to global corporations

Moving the industry

Have food delivered directly to your home

Millions of goods just a click away

Germany's largest parcel sorting center

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