Amsterdam’s geographically strategic location
One big contributor to Amsterdam’s status as a budding supply chain hub is its international airport, Schiphol, which handles over 95% of all Dutch air freight. What’s more, Schiphol is a fundamental part of the business sector, serving as a home to more than 500 companies and providing some 64,000 jobs. Schiphol literally means ‘main port’, and the airport serves as a hub for many other modes of transport, including cars, lorries, and trains.
Rotterdam Port, Europe’s largest sea port, is another reason why Amsterdam is highly favorable for logistics companies. Only a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam, the port is at the heart of the densely populated and industrialized triangle ofLondon,Paris, and the Eastern border of Germany. Rotterdam Port lies at the mouth of two important rivers, the Rhine and the Meuse—while still open to the North Sea, the world’s most heavily navigated sea. This strategic juxtaposition amongst varying water ways helps to connect Amsterdam to the 170 million consumers who live within a 500-km radius of Amsterdam.
Not only planes, boats, and trains, Amsterdam also offers the capacity for car travel to transport goods and persons—making for an easy connection to the European mainland. This two-way ease of access to Amsterdam and the aptitude for international travel plays a vital part in the city’s ability as a business supply chain hub.