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Top European Cities for Logistics Hub Activities Ranked

Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dusseldorf are the best logistics hubs in Europe, according to a report from Colliers International, global real estate advisers. Kiev, Istanbul and Bratislava were the top three ideal locations for cost-driven manufacturing activities, according to the report entitled Logistics Cities.

Top European Cities for Logistics Hub Activities Ranked

The report examines both mature and emerging logistics and industrial centers across Europe and ranks them based on two main criteria: distribution and manufacturing.

From a distribution perspective, cities in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany dominate the report's top 10. These cities form part of the Blue Banana, a corridor of cites located at the economic heart of Europe.

"What is termed as the Blue Banana are the most densely populated and richest areas in the region, which makes them a logical choice for companies seeking to reach the largest number of customers as quickly and readily as possible," Erik Barnekow, director of EMEA Industrial and Logistics at Colliers International, said. "They also benefit from proximity to major European seaports and airports, the largest consumer markets and a vast, and relatively skilled, workforce pool."

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The report examines both mature and emerging logistics and industrial centers across Europe and ranks them based on two main criteria: distribution and manufacturing.

From a distribution perspective, cities in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany dominate the report's top 10. These cities form part of the Blue Banana, a corridor of cites located at the economic heart of Europe.

"What is termed as the Blue Banana are the most densely populated and richest areas in the region, which makes them a logical choice for companies seeking to reach the largest number of customers as quickly and readily as possible," Erik Barnekow, director of EMEA Industrial and Logistics at Colliers International, said. "They also benefit from proximity to major European seaports and airports, the largest consumer markets and a vast, and relatively skilled, workforce pool."

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Top European Cities for Logistics Hub Activities Ranked