An efficient transport and logistics sector is an essential element in a modern, high-performing and profitable economy. Thanks to its exceptional geographic position, Wallonia offers several advantages: logistics parks, European distribution centres, an efficient communication network, etc.
During this global health crisis, our small region is proving to be a central logistics platform for the importing of emergency medical equipment into Europe.
Liege Airport, WHO logistics hub and best cargo airport in the world in 2020.
The logistics sector has a considerable impact on the economy of Wallonia and its influence is set to grow, increasing the Region’s appeal for overseas investors. A few key figures demonstrate just how important the transport and logistics sector is in Wallonia: 4,000 companies, with more than 26,000 employees, generate annual added value of approximately 3 billion euros.
More than 60% of European Union purchasing power is concentrated within a 500-kilometre radius of Brussels.
Cities such as Paris, Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam are just a few hours away, guaranteeing very short delivery times. Wallonia offers a dozen logistics platforms, the main ones being the following: Dry Port Mouscron-Lille International, the Garocentre Terminal in La Louvière, Charleroi Dry Port, Liege (Liege Airport, Liege Autonomous Port, Liege Logistics), Athus Container Terminal and Ardenne Logistics. And Wallonia possesses another major asset: its infrastructure.
An exceptional motorway network
Toll-free and well-lit at night, Wallonia’s motorway network is the densest and one of the best equipped in the world, incorporating direct links to neighbouring countries.
A fast and functional rail network
High-speed trains (TGV) link Liege and Brussels with Paris and London (via the Channel Tunnel) as well as Liege with Cologne, and encourage mobility. Wallonia also offers fast connections between the Mediterranean and the North Sea, and between the Ruhr Basin and the Thames Basin.
Expanding inland waterways
Belgium’s network of inland waterways is one of the densest in the world comprising 1,514 kilometres of rivers and canals, of which 450 kilometres in Wallonia. All major economic and industrial centres in Belgium are interconnected by modern inland waterways.
Liege Port Authority
The Liege Port Authority is Belgium’s largest and Europe’s third largest inland port in terms of tonnage handled (21.1 million tons in 2019). The Authority manages 33 state-owned port areas (382 ha) and is located at the heart of the Rhine-Scheldt-Meuse basin, the densest network of navigable waterways in the world. The Liege Port Authority is currently developing “Liege Trilogiport”, a multimodal platform of 100 ha, situated 15 navigation hours from Antwerp and 24 from Rotterdam (15 ha container terminal, daily container shuttles to Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, port space still available...). Liege Trilogiport is the ideal hinterland location for large distribution and handling centers, conveniently based close to both Germany and the Netherlands. www.portdeliege.be
Airports, European logistics centres
Although Brussels-National Airport and its Brucargo Terminal are easily accessed from Wallonia’s towns and cities, the Region has built its own airports which largely used by foreign companies.
Liege Airport, the best cargo airport in the world in 2020!
Located in the centre of the Amsterdam- Frankfurt-Paris “golden triangle” and on the London-Brussels-Cologne TGV (high speed train) line, Liege Airport was the first European airport to focus its development strategy on air cargo and 24/7 access. It is now 7th in European cargo airport rankings and the largest freight airport in Belgium, ahead of Brussels. Liege Airport accommodates several air freight companies such as TNT Airways, C.A.L. Cargo Air Lines, Icelandair, Ethiopian, El Al Cargo, Kalitta Air, Southern Air, Fedex Express, Evergreen, ABX AIR, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Avient Cargo, Volga- Dnepr Group, Exin, Ukraine International, Antonov Airlines and Bluebird Cargo, some of which have intercontinental connections. The European centre of TNT Express, the world leader in B2B express delivery, has been located at Liege Airport since 1998. Thanks to its processing capacity, geographical location and density of connections, the Walloon cargo airport has been selected in April 2020 by the World Health Organization as one of the eight global logistics hubs for the transport of supplies to healthcare personnel. And more recently, in October 2020, Liege Airport received the 'Best Cargo Hub of the Year' Award. This international recognition is the result of a successful bold strategy focused on cargo, diversification and innovation.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA), the most accessible and friendly airport in Belgium!
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is the country’s second largest airport, providing access to 165 destinations in Europe and North-Africa. Key elements in its success are excellent accessibility, new and comfortable infrastructure, ultra-fast and efficient operation and, of course, low fares. In 2019, BSCA has been recognised as the 1st most punctual "small airport" in the world !