The logistics industry in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is considered the gateway to Europe – and its logistics sector connects businesses to 500 million potential customers on the continent through major ports including Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Port of Amsterdam. Innovation makes this industry special, with tech and data increasingly optimising supply chains and improving sustainability.

What makes the Amsterdam Area a great place for logistics

One of Amsterdam’s greatest assets is its strategic location. Businesses here are at the gateway to 500 million potential customers across Europe. That’s thanks to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which handles over 95% of all Dutch air freight, the Port of Amsterdam, the fourth-biggest port in Western Europe, and the Royal FloraHolland Greenport. Along with high-speed rail and a world-class waterway infrastructure, it’s no surprise The Netherlands is consistently ranked the most connected nation in the world.

More than 400 transport and logistics companies have found a home in the Amsterdam Area. Businesses embrace the region’s reputation for innovation, and take a fresh approach to powering the industry forward. Amsterdam is even considered as the Home of the Digital Supply Chain

Other initiatives from Amsterdam include strengthening Europe’s electric truck charging infrastructure, scaling production of hydrogen and biofuel, and increasing use of technology, AI and robotics in warehouses and distribution centres.

A commitment to sustainability underpins much of these schemes. The Port of Amsterdam is the world’s first port to commit to stop handling coal by 2030, and electric or fossil-free alternatives are increasingly fueling freight, as well as last-mile deliveries. Distribution centres, warehouses and business hubs are embracing renewable energy solutions, while a smart road network helps hauliers reach destinations in a greener (and faster) way. 

The Amsterdam Area’s unparalleled access to Europe, expertise and opportunities for collaboration, and enterprising spirit, ensure a future-proof logistics sector. 

  • The Netherlands is the #1 most connected nation in the world, physically and digitally

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Europe’s third-largest cargo airport
  • 170 million consumers live within a 500km radius of Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a specialised pharma zone and the Port of Amsterdam has biomass transhipment facilities
  • The Netherlands is Europe’s #2 largest import destination and #2 largest exporter
  • More than 180,000 jobs in the Amsterdam Area are in the logistics industry

Set up in Amsterdam

Are you searching for a location for your European office or do you want to know more about your potential market in the Amsterdam Area? As the region’s official foreign investment agency, amsterdam inbusiness can help international businesses enjoy a soft landing in the Amsterdam Area, including arranging fact-finding visits and providing market intelligence. Get in touch with a member of the team:

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