World trade continues to grow, resulting in a doubling of global transport and traffic volumes over the last decade. This economic growth leads to congestion and bottlenecks at seaports and logistic hubs as well as in urban areas. These effects jeopardize the economic viability of the transport sector and whole economies alike. At the same time, ecological challenges associated with transport have also intensified, including health and climate impacts. However, solutions exist and are being gradually implemented worldwide.
Logistics has an important role in tackling these challenges. Germany follows the principles of green logistics by designing efficient supply chains, using low-emission vehicles, developing energy-efficient logistic facilities and a strong integration of different transport modes. Many goods in Germany are moved by combined transport using multiple modes. High-performance logistics hubs ensure that goods are smoothly transferred from river and sea to rail, from rail to road and the other way around. This guarantees the highest cost-efficiency and limits environmental impacts. The World Bank has repeatedly ranked Germany first on the Logistics Performance Index—the latest 2014 ranking included.
Well-connected partners with highly trained personnel, continuous quality management and efficient processes ensure that goods are transported safely and smoothly to their ultimate destinations. The demands placed on logistics providers are as diverse as the solutions that the German sector provides.