Liege Transportation and Logistics

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LIEGE
Transport and logistics

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Liege is located at the centre of the
European motorway network which
grants rapid access to the cities and
capitals of Europe.

Liege, Logically Logistical ...

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At the junction of four major European
railway axes, the marshalling yard of
Liège is a hub for the goods traffic in
Belgium.

platforms combining 2 or 3 means of transport (rail, road, air or waterway) are present near the airport and along the waterways.
These infrastructures are complemented by
a wide range of transport and logistics companies, by well-sited industrial zones and by a rich and diverse inventory of real property;
enough to satisfy any investor looking for
storage areas and logistics services.
The importance of worker skills has not
been forgotten in the development of
training services that meet companies’ real
needs. Firstly, there is the Forem Logistique whose programme permits the training each year several hundreds of persons in 25 transport and logistics sectors. Then
there are the University of Liege and several colleges that train specialists in integrated logistics, packing and transport and supply chain management.

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Liege’s port infrastructures, including
those of the autonomous Port
of Liège, are located at the heart
of the navigable network of the
Rhine-Schelde-Meuse basin.

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Over the years, Liege has become a recognized leader in the world of transport and logistics. Its advantages are many and they
place the region among the most efficient
distribution points in Europe. Thanks to
its central position in Western Europe, the
province is at the heart of a gigantic road
network, at the junction of 6 motorways
that ensure easy connections with Antwerp,
Brussels, the Netherlands, Luxembourg,
Germany and France with almost 60 million
consumers within only 4 hours’ ride!
The railway network too is both dense and
undergoing large-scale development. Four
major lines serve the province and thereby
allow over 13 million tonnes a year to pass
through. On top of this, the waterways are
especially important and make the autonomous Port of Liege the third river port in Europe after Duisburg and Paris in terms of
volume handled, thanks to its direct access
to the first port area in the world - Antwerp
and Rotterdam.
Roads, railways, waterways …, the logistical
development of the province of Liege would
not be complete without the exceptional
growth of Liege Airport which, with more
than 400,000 tonnes transported in 2007,
ranks 9th among European airports in terms
of air freight.
The diversity of modes of transport is, of
course, a strategic advantage for the region.
But what really makes the difference is their
complementary infrastructures. Multimodal

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Liege Airport is located at the centre
of the Paris-Amsterdam-Frankfurt
triangle that generates 66 % of
European air freight.

Transport, Storage and Added Value
In the Liege region, over 900 transport
companies have a fleet of a total of
over 5,000 commercial vehicles. These
are companies that are just as likely to
have the profile of a family-run SME
as bigger companies that operate internationally. Several of them do not limit their activities only to transport
but have added logistics services by investing in storage warehouses. These warehouses may range from single
use and small size up to the biggest,
most sophisticated warehouses that
allow the storage and management,
for example, of fresh produce or of
hazardous chemical products.
Among the major players in road
transport, here are a few significant
examples:
TTS Group is Wallonia’s number one
for road transport. Based at Liege
Logistics, the Group consists of 5
companies in Belgium and branches in Spain, France and Italy. With over 250 vehicles tracked by satellite (and more than three times as many cable-driven vehicles), TTS has
also successfully...
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