Ordered today on the internet – delivered tomorrow already? Thanks to modern logistics, nowadays, our wishes are often only a mouse click away. We do not really care how the new smartphone or the new season of our favourite TV show arrives at our doorstep. The most important thing is that it arrives fast. The challenge for the logistics sector, however, is not only to transport the goods to their destination as fast as possible but also in an as cost-effective, quiet and environmentally friendly manner as possible. The Federal Ministry of Transport is doing everything it can to make that possible.
German logistics sector opens gateways to the world
Germany is located at the heart of Europe, and it is the most important exporting nation. With a turnover of approx. 223 billion euros, logistics is the third largest sector of our economy: every year, 4.3 billion tonnes of goods are transported on German roads, railways and waterways. This sector employs 2.8 million people. The production and transport chain has long since spanned the whole world. Goods travel thousands of kilometres, e.g. on huge container ships. Logistics professionals not only make sure that goods are transported from point A to point B. They also produce and refine them. What is more, they make sure that the products are packed and prepared for dispatch. Thus, the parcel delivery guy we are often waiting for with great impatience is only the last link in the long transport chain.
Efficient logistics chains: one-stop shop
Intelligent logistics systems ensure smooth processes and keep the economy going. The expertise of our logistics professionals is not the only factor determining the competitiveness of Germany as a place to do business. It is also important to combine the road, rail, waterborne and air modes in a meaningful manner and create nodal points where the different transport routes are linked up efficiently. Via such nodes as freight villages, airports, sea and inland ports, it is possible to establish high-performing transport chains and networks. This makes our logistics smarter, more modern and more climate-friendly.