A changing economic landscape, trends with shippers and transport operators and the implementation of new innovative logistic concepts lead to significant impacts on European supply chains. With the expansion of the EU underway, more companies establish manufacturing and logistics operations in Central and Eastern Europe. The centre of gravity of the European production base shifts towards the east. As the origins and destination of transport flows in Europe are changing rapidly, West-European seaports are facing new challenges to maintain their competitive position. New hinterland strategies are vital for West-European seaports. But how can they anticipate on these trends and develop a successful hinterland strategy to attract and maintain their cargo flows and port users?
Speaking with our clients such as major shippers, transport operators and port authorities in our day-to-day business and based on our analysis of important reports regarding economic development, transport, trade and investments, we see the following major trends in the European hinterland of seaports…
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